Provincial New Democrat leader Carole James has said there is "some self-centredness" among dissidents within her caucus and party. Ms. James made the statement shortly after Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy announced her resignation as caucus whip. Speaking with reporters, an angry and frustrated Ms. James also described the dissidents as "people who would rather fight themselves internally and get focused on those kind of issues than serving the people in British Columbia." Ms. James wouldn't say how much support she presently enjoyed in caucus other than that it was a majority. She also stated this weekend's provincial council meeting would settle questions about her leadership.
That's where party officials will debate constituency association resolutions calling for a leadership convention in 2011.
"I expect all - including the members of caucus - to respect the wishes of provincial council, end the infighting and get on with the job."
Ms. James didn't directly respond to a question about whether it was tenable for her to remain leader if a strong minority of constituency associations or caucus members aren't supportive of her leadership.