After weeks of guesswork by the media, Jenny Kwan has finally put in writing why there are concerns about Carole James's leadership of the provincial New Democrats. In a statement distributed moments ago, Ms. Kwan explained "debate has been stifled, decision-making centralized, and individual MLAs marginalized" under Ms. James's watch. According to the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant legislator, the opposition leader has also failed to provide a clear direction or capture "the interest and support of British Columbians." And Ms. Kwan raised concerns about party president Moe Sihota's controversial stipend, which she characterized as a "back room deal." Such deals "should have no place in today's politics," the MLA wrote. "Yet Carole James knew about this deal and did not intervene. In fact, the NDP caucus was not even informed of this arrangement until recently." As a result, Ms. Kwan is calling for a leadership race to revitalize the New Democrats. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned statement.
December 1, 2010