James takes a shot before showdown

James: "...they would rather take each other apart." from Sean Holman on Vimeo.

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.

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That's the REAL Carole James!

I would advise the BCNDP that Carole James is endorsed with exception by Gordon Campbell, Alise Mills and the like.

Lana Popham is endorsed by Polakite 01 to ensure the death of socialist pigs to defend freedom. I don't endorse Carole James, I hate her guts for the meanness towards Gordon Campbell.

Excuse me, Carole? What I see in this interview, is disrespect for anyone who dares question anything. This follows on the heels of calling dedicated and genuinely concerned party members "complainers".

The people who've resigned from their caucus positions, and those who are supporting them, are quite "grown up" thankyou, and are very well respected MLA's who are far from self-interested, who have always and do still indeed have the good of all people in the Province foremost in their minds.

And various movers of Provincial Council resolutions asking for an earlier chance for a Leadership Review, etc, are not to my knowledge doing so out of being stuck in the old and 'divisive' way of doing BC politics, but due to despair about Carole's inability to articulate the unifying Vision we have in our Party policy. That, and anger over the apparent lack of democracy in caucus under Carole's leadership.

Norm Macdonald's reason for resigning as caucus chair was clearly because he believes the people of the Province expect democratic process, which process Carole did not follow while expelling Bob S. Katrine Conroy's reasons for resigning might be different from Macdonald's, but nonetheless clearly come from a place of integrity, and not from any grandstanding self-serving wish to cause infighting.

Four NDP Constituency Associations have put forward resolutions to expedite issues related to Carole's leadership. That's four out of 85. Norm Macdonald, Conroy and Simpson no doubt have legitimate beefs with how things have been done lately but the soldiers on the ground doing the work don't see all the bickering as being productive.

Once Carole gets the support of provincial council, she should make all caucus members sign a loyalty oath or kick them out of caucus. It's high time for this.

Four NDP Constituency Associations have put forward resolutions to expedite issues related to Carole's leadership. That's four out of 85. Norm Macdonald, Conroy and Simpson no doubt have legitimate beefs with how things have been done lately but the soldiers on the ground doing the work don't see all the bickering as being productive.

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