"You lost so now either quit your bitching or get another job." Public Eye has learned Saanich South legislator Lana Popham is one of at least three dissident provincial New Democrat MLAs who received an envelope without a return address containing that message. "This makes me feel so sick," Ms. Popham wrote in a posting on her Facebook page yesterday, adding the message was typed up on a slip of paper. The message was sent following last weekend's New Democrat provincial council meeting, where Carole James and her supporters took a hard line in response to dissent surrounding her leadership of the party. That dissent included an unsuccessful resolution calling for a leadership convention in 2011.
In an interview with Public Eye, New Democrat caucus chair Kathy Corrigan denounced the letter.
"That's terrible That's awful. It must be very disturbing for people to receive something like that. And that's completely inappropriate that someone would do something like that," she said.
"I'm sure it didn't come from anybody within the caucus or the party. But, when a member of the public does that, it's disturbing anytime you get anything like that. So I feel for them. And I'll be calling them for sure or emailing them or however I can get a hold of them and finding out more about it, just in case we need to take further action."
Ms. Popham is one of 13 legislators who are apparently off-side with Ms. James.