Originally Posted by Rusty Gull
Carole James represented the moderate wing of the NDP - simple as that. She was willing to reach out to, heaven forbid, groups such as the Vancouver Board of Trade and Surrey Board of Trade.
The Gang of 13 despised her for trying to bridge the gap between the far left (public sector unions, big labour, etc) and the pro-business center and right.
Carole James could have led the NDP to a massive victory next election. Without her, they are dead in the water. Much as Jenny Kwan and her East Van constituency would like, most people in BC do not want to go back to the radical NDP years of the late 90s.
With Christy Clark announcing her bid for the Liberal leadership on Wednesday, all things are falling into place. The BC Liberals will rule the province for another decade, and that's probably a good thing for all of the skyscraper, aviation, and economic enthusiasts on this forum.
But I do lament the demise of Carole James. A true consensus-builder from a party that doesn't have many and a quality person overall. You'll be missed Carole.
Indeed, its bad news who for those who hoped for a Blairite "new NDP". Look at the high quality of the MLA's who lined up behind James: Mike Farnworth, Adrian Dix and Spencer Herbert, and compare it with the rag tag bunch led by Jenny "dumber-than-a-stick" Kwan.
Will Mayor Gregor and the Hollyhock crowd swoop in an try to create a Vision BC out of the more moderate elements? Only time will tell, but the Kwan-Bob Williams faction who think they've "won" will never form a government.