Carole James's hard line toward dissent surrounding her leadership hasn't softened. In an email sent out to party members earlier today, Ms. James stated, "As you know, New Democrat MLA Jenny Kwan has called for a leadership race and some members of the caucus have spoken publicly in support of that call. This is not their choice to make" - a reference to an earlier decision by the party's governing council to not approve a resolution that would have seen a leadership convention in 2011. As a result, Ms. James is calling on supporters to add their name "to the growing list of New Democrats that stand united for positive change in BC." That email was sent out around two hours ago. The party's Website states the list already stands at 2081 at publication time. The following is a complete of the aforementioned message.
From: "Carole James"
Subject: New Democrats, United
I'm writing to you as a strong believer in our movement, to address the unprecedented events of the last two days.
As you know, New Democrat MLA Jenny Kwan has called for a leadership race and some members of the caucus have spoken publicly in support of that call.
This is not their choice to make.
For more than a generation, our party has developed a strong democratic structure that is unique in Canada's political landscape. Our party is built upon the strength of members like you, and the decisions you make.
Our Provincial Council - the highest governing body of our party - is composed of over one hundred representatives from every constituency of the province, and every component of our party. It is a representative and democratic body charged with making the strategic decisions that move us forward.
Just days ago at the last meeting of our Provincial Council, delegates voted overwhelmingly not to hold a leadership race, but to proceed with the normal leadership review process in 2011.
Our party has a clear mandate from the Provincial Council: to support the work of our NDP caucus; to continue the discussion we started at Council about new ideas and progressive policy that will help shape our province; and to continue building to win the next election.
I can't overstate the importance of our task: British Columbians are counting on us to bring real change to our province.
We've seen this week that Kevin Falcon, George Abbott, Mike de Jong and Moira Stilwell are all gunning to be leader of the BC Liberals, and premier of BC.
They each want to take over Gordon Campbell's failed legacy, while at the same time convince voters that they are a new face and a new direction.
After ten years of BC Liberal failures, we are at a turning point. We must turn the tide.
WE CANNOT FAIL.
Now, more than ever, New Democrats MUST stand as a united front.
Whether it's our proposal to create a green fund to retrofit public buildings and invest in transit, building a strong early learning and childcare system, restoring proper employment standards for BC's workers, revitalizing BC's parks and protecting our wild salmon stocks or implementing an Accountability Act that returns integrity to government, we must function as a strong team in order to achieve the goals we've set out for ourselves.
We must stand united around our goals to build a better British Columbia based on our progressive vision.
And we urgently need your help:
Add your name to the growing list of New Democrats that stand united for positive change in BC.
You have a crucial role to play in changing our province.
We can only succeed by working together.
Stand united with the NDP:
Renew your membership
Make a donation to our movement
Volunteer to change our province.
We're counting on you.