According to reports I have received late this afternoon, the idea is to demonstrate support for Simpson, who was thrown out of the caucus by James after posting a column mildly critical of one of her recent speeches on a Williams Lake community website.
Those involved also want to send a protest message to their own NDP MLAs who are publicly backing James's expulsion of Simpson, including Victoria-Swan Lake's Rob Fleming and Esquimalt-Royal Roads' Maurine Karagianis.
The party allows "transfers-in" under its constitution but only with the approval of the provincial executive. Those who take that move are not allowed to vote on nominations in their new riding due to a residency requirement.
Nonetheless, the move could further escalate the internal conflict within the party over Simpson's removal from caucus without a vote of its members.
NDP MLAs meet Tuesday for a previously scheduled 3-day caucus policy retreat that now promises to be tension filled for all involved.
Public Eye Online's Sean Holman continues his in-depth coverage of the NDP battle today with an analysis of what might happen next, including the possibility of other NDP MLAs leaving the caucus.Like Banquo's ghost in Hamlet, Simpson will not be there but his presence will be felt.
Lastly, Simpson's riding association is pushing for the scheduled November 2011 NDP convention where a leadership review vote on James is mandated to instead become a full-blown leadership convention. Other riding associations are reported to be backing Cariboo North's resolution to the provincial council meeting next month.
The BC NDP constitution's leadership review process currently states:
"11.03 At every Convention that is not a Leadership Convention a secret ballot vote will be held among Convention delegates to determine whether or not a leadership election should be called. If 50% plus one delegate supports the calling of a leadership election, such an election will be held within one year of the Convention vote."
"This Section may be waived by Provincial Executive when there is a general provincial election that would not allow sufficient time to comply with the time frame set out."