A proposal that would have given more of a say to rural ridings in choosing New Democrat leader Carole James's successor has been ruled out of order, Public Eye has exclusively learned. Like the Liberals, the New Democrats have a one-member, one-vote leadership selection system. But, last month, the Liberals' provincial executive recommended changing that process by "weighting the results through a point system to ensure each electoral district is counted equally." That recommendation came following concerns the existing one-member, one-vote system would favour candidates with support from more populous, urban ridings. But, yesterday, New Democrat president Moe Sihota - while chairing a meeting of the party's governing provincial council - ruled a proposal to use a weighted vote out of order. The ruling was challenged but upheld by a majority of council members. Asked about the matter, party communications officer Michael Roy stated, "I don't think we're going to comment on the content of the meeting. The (news) release summarized the decisions that were made and how we're moving forward." The specific reasons for Mr. Sihota's ruling and council's support of it remain unclear at publication time.
December 19, 2010