The recent upheaval in provincial politics is causing aquaculture opponent Alexandra Morton to think twice before deciding whether to run to replace Catherine Bell as the federal New Democrat candidate in North Island. Ms. Bell announced she was laying down that standard last week, with Ms. Morton subsequent telling the media she was considering picking it up. But, in an email sent to supporters, the field biologist writes a "great many of you have said you don't trust the NDP, but would vote for me anyway. Others have suggested I look at the current provincial BC political disarray. So you have given me pause and far more to consider." Ms. Morton has also floated the idea of running in the British Columbia New Democrat leadership race - in part, to find out "who the NDP are." The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email, which was obtained by Public Eye.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org On Behalf Of Alexandra Morton
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 11:01 AM
Subject: [wildsalmonpeople] 589 replies - thank you
I have received 589 email replies from you with 95% encouraging me to run for federal MP for the North Island of British Columbia. The facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-Morton-MP-for-Vancouver-Island-North/190215600992255#!/pages/Alexandra-Morton-MP-for-Vancouver-Island-North/190215600992255 has more comments.
Even though I am just a field biologist, clearly you think I can do this. A great many of you have said you don't trust the NDP, but would vote for me anyway. Others have suggested I look at the current provincial BC political disarray. So you have given me pause and far more to consider.
I excerpted many of your comments on my blog, and just posted some of my thoughts. I will be on CBC Ideas tonight in an interview recorded on the shores of the Stellako River last October.