Yesterday, the provincial New Democrat caucus filled several key vacancies on its executive with outgoing leader Carole James's loyalists. Caucus chair Shane Simpson, deputy caucus chair, Kathy Corrigan, whip Maurine Karagianis and deputy whip Raj Chouhan all sided with Ms. James during the recent infighting that resulted in her decision to resign. Ms. Karagianis's new role is particular noteworthy since she'll be responsible for caucus discipline but was also one of the outgoing leader's most strident supporters. Before becoming a legislator, she served as a ministerial assistant to Moe Sihota when the New Democrats were in government. Mr. Sihota is now the party's president and - like Ms. Karagianis - took a hard-line against the dissidents.
January 20, 2011