Tick tock

Earlier, we reported Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, former cabinet minister Tom Perry and former Nelson-Creston constituency association president Laurie Page have found what they see as a devil in the details of this weekend's provincial council meeting. And they're not the only ones with complaints about the agenda for that meeting - which has allocated just 90 minutes to debate resolutions calling for a leadership convention in 2011 and the reinstatement of Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson to caucus. In an internal email obtained Public Eye, two of the New Democrats' regional representatives note the council isn't scheduled to get underway until the afternoon due to the scheduling of an unusual morning policy development session. That means its "delegates will not be able to address the agenda's time allocations until it is too late in the day to make meaningful changes."

The representatives, Tom Friedman and Julia Pope, then go on to warn, "If the proposed agenda for the November 20th Council meeting goes forward and the numerous resolutions that have been submitted are not given sufficient time to be heard, we fear that it will appear as though the executive is responding to controversial resolutions by trying to minimize their impact or prevent them from being fully debated. This would be a significant blow to the credibility of the party and would engender negative critiques that will inevitably end up in the media. This would only harm our reputation and make it more difficult to achieve our objectives."

The following is a complete copy of that email.

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As Regional Representatives, we are concerned that the proposed agenda for the November 20th Provincial Council meeting will not allow adequate time for an open, full discussion of the important matters set out in the resolutions from constituencies.

While the original October 28th draft scheduled the Provincial Council meeting to begin formally at 9:30 a.m. including the Adoption of the Agenda - thus providing an opportunity for amendments from the start - the latest draft schedules the Provincial Council not to begin until 3 p.m. If the current draft agenda stands, Provincial Council delegates will not be able to address the agenda's time allocations until it is too late in the day to make meaningful changes.

Constituencies have expressed dissatisfaction to us about the amount of time designated to discuss and debate resolutions at previous Councils and Conventions. The Council is defined by the party constitution as the ruling body of the party between elections. We are committed to the view that the function of the Council must be respected and allowed to govern as the Constitution requires and as the membership of the Party expects and believes it is doing.

We believe that loss of control over the agenda and the relegation of the Party's important business of debating the resolutions to a brief period at the end of the day will be viewed as disrespectful to the authority of Council and its elected members. We do not support the proposed agenda, specifically, because the 90 minutes currently allocated for full debate and vote on five key resolutions is not sufficient to fulfill our constitutional roles.

If the proposed agenda for the November 20th Council meeting goes forward and the numerous resolutions that have been submitted are not given sufficient time to be heard, we fear that it will appear as though the executive is responding to controversial resolutions by trying to minimize their impact or prevent them from being fully debated. This would be a significant blow to the credibility of the party and would engender negative critiques that will inevitably end up in the media. This would only harm our reputation and make it more difficult to achieve our objectives.

If we are to move forward and achieve our goal of articulating a clear vision for the future of British Columbia and develop policies that reflect both regional and provincial needs, we must fully address questions of party leadership now and unify our party. While a deep desire exists among our membership to begin engaging in policy development work, we believe that such work can only take place once a full debate of the resolutions has occurred.

We are calling on you, fellow Executive members, to work together to put forward an alternative agenda proposal that prioritizes the debate of resolutions and affords Council the opportunity to accept or reject any proposed agenda on Saturday morning.

Sincerely,

Tom Friedman and Julia Pope
Regional Representatives, Central-Interior Okanagan

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Tick tock, the BCNDP is on the verge of insolvency...


The notes from the July 14 New Democrat executive meeting also indicated the party was in deep financial trouble last summer, with Sihota saying the NDP was surviving on bequests from dead members.

"We can't rely on people passing away," said Sihota

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Gordon Campbell was sent to destroy the BCNDP. I think he did it.

Perhaps the BCNDP need to die off, merge with the Greens, make Lana Popham leader + Bill Tielman Party Prez and then start getting to work finding enough money to pay the bills. Now, if the BCLibs can find a leader... 2013 will be a bigger win for them than 2009.

The BCNDP is far from insolvent.

Richard, two words: Prove it.

Cheers!

The BC NDP should spend all of its time developing policy. The only reason the party's leadership woes have attracted so much attention is because the party has nothing else to talk about. Carole James could easily deflect leadership questions by creating her own news, built less around photo ops designed to make the Liberals look bad and more around her ideas for the province. I want to know what the BC NDP tax plan will be if they are elected. Will they leave income taxes as they are? If the HST is repealed, how will they deal with the messy economic aftermath? The BC NDP has become so accustomed to being in opposition that the party has forgotten how to come up with ideas of its own. I do wonder if the party even has staffers able to come up with a workable platform -- and if it does, whether or not they will be allowed to put forth progressive ideas.

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