Earlier today, former provincial New Democrat cabinet minister Corky Evans alleged a small group of MLAs had privately approached Carole James last month, suggesting it was time for her to go. Public Eye has learned that meeting took place on the afternoon of November 17 during which the leader was presented with a short letter - signed by 13 MLAs - making their case. As first reported by The Tyee's Andrew Macleod, a source has said there were three MLAs at that 12 minute meeting. Public Eye has now learned those MLAs were Katrine Conroy, Jenny Kwan and Norm Macdonald. Mr. Evans has alleged Ms. James "advised others in her Caucus and staff what had happened" at the meeting "and named the MLA's (who) had come, in confidence, to see her." There is only one copy of the letter, which is in Ms. James's hands. Ms. Conroy resigned as caucus whip two days after the meeting. The New Democrats have yet to respond to a request for comment.
December 3, 2010