The race is now on to elect a successor to Carole James. But its rules remain unclear. In 2003, the provincial New Democrats adopted a one-member, one-vote leadership election process. However, despite pundit David Schreck's urging last year, no regulations for that process have been developed. So, when that happens, will the New Democrats follow the Liberals' lead and give more of a say to rural ridings within that system? Meanwhile, others are wondering if the entrance fees and spendings limits for leadership candidates will be increased - having been pegged at $3,500 and $150,000 respectively in 2003. And what about the date of leadership election itself? Only those who have been party members for at least 90 days can cast a ballot in that election. So an early date would mean Ms. James's replacement would be chosen by the party's existing rank-and-file.
December 16, 2010