Monday, December 06, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: BC NDP leader Carole James has resigned

BC NDP leader Carole James has resigned.

At a news conference going on right now James has tendered her resignation pending appointment of an interim NDP leader.

More as it becomes available.

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I am doing a lot of media and writing my column for 24 hours and The Tyee for Tuesday - my views will be here later today.

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42 comments:

terrence said...

She resigned as leader! Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah!

Now maybe the NDP can be a real opposition, and stop feeding the LIEberals.

Anonymous said...

Just announced she's resigning!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Tielman. You and your playmates have your pound of flesh, guaranteeing at least 6 more years of the Liberals. I say that because hell will freeze over before I vote for a party that stabs its leader in the back.

Anonymous said...

Finally. Too bad it took her so long.

Anonymous said...

"Congratulations, Tielman. You and your playmates have your pound of flesh, guaranteeing at least 6 more years of the Liberals. I say that because hell will freeze over before I vote for a party that stabs its leader in the back."

All parties commit political murder. It's why we say "watch your back".

etherial_cruiser said...

Quit picking on Bill. He calls it as he sees it. I'd rather vote for a party that questions it's leadership so as to put thing right, than for one that is united in bringing the province to it's ruin

David Beattie said...

Oh grow up please PST, TielEman had no part in it, he's just the messenger. James brought this on herself, and if she had not been so egotistical she would have stood down months ago and the NDP would now be soaring 30 points clear in the polls.

If the NDP had a clear and strong set of policies, stood by them and communicated them effectively to the electorate, the Lieberals could be decimated in the way the NDP was in 2001.

Two seats are too much for a group that has damaged BC in much the same way Thatcher devastated the social fabric of the UK.

Paul said...

My deepest condolences to the BC Liberal Party.

After losing twice in a row to Pinocchio Campbell, Carole James was one of the BC Liberal Parties most valuable assets.

Watching Gordon Campbell yesterday in the Santa Claus Parade while she was bunkered down in private meetings said it all to me.

She didn't put up much of a fight did she.

She was never a leader.

And take Moe Sahota with you.

DPL said...

Best early Christmas gift for the party and the voters who may continue to support the party. Ms.James did her best but was found wanting.

Anonymous said...

I see that James claimed in stepping down that she was bullied into it. This would have been a great time for her to demonstrate real leadership and hold out an olive branch. She didn't take that opportunity.

Anonymous said...

...She didn't take that opportunity."

and how would you know that? Were you at the meeting?

a_sandybeach_house said...

This lists first comment from terrence is not the terrence from sandybeachhouse,

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Just cancelled my PAC. This split will make Barrett/Berger and Vision/COPE look like walks in the park.

Anonymous said...

George Heyman for BC NDP!

Anonymous said...

A Kevin Falcon Liberal government, Maybe even a right to work province! Excellent work everyone.

Anonymous said...

Good on her. She would have had my vote and she would have led the province very well but in all likelyhood she would not have been elected.

Smart move. Thank you Carol.

Anonymous said...

David Beattie wrote "Bill Tieleman had no part in it, he's just a messenger". David, you don't really believe that, do you? The bullies have won. Congratulations.

imho said...

As an outsider who votes left what did I learn. Well I can confirm that I still have no desire to join a political party. I guess I naively believe they should exist for the voting public, but regardless of team jersey they have entrenched self interested types who forget the public is more important than them and worse they some times forget that the membership is the party. Besides the public who votes left seem to have progressed beyond old political party practices of ...well elitism marginalisation and exclusion come to mind. I think the leaders resignation is good for the public and sad for her supporters...but...The party has a real chance of real renewal now where the on the ground card carrying individuals can chart the course for an NDP victory in British Columbia. Those that may leave the NDP over this seem to me to be saying they are against the public non-member belief that your leader could not win. From reading the blogs containing NDP members comments it seems the NDP went wrong at the last convention when it stymied efforts to confirm the leaders mandate to lead. Exactly the same type of thinking and actions that keeps lefties like me from voting for the other guys /gals. I will continue to fight the sinking feeling that interest and participation in politics is futile but don't know how much longer I can hold on if the public will be continually ignored by political parties and the politicians the parties put forth (on behalf of the public?).

Anonymous said...

Let's give Carole James credit where credit is due. She was really good at getting the point across that the Liberals are pieces of crap. After a while, it became "Ya ya - we know! How are you going to do things better?" I think the NDP deserves a leader who is going to be very clear in expressing the direction of the party and present a concise plan for change - loudly at that.

Anonymous said...

Let's give Carole James credit where credit is due. She was really good at getting the point across that the Liberals are pieces of crap. After a while, it became "Ya ya - we know! How are you going to do things better?" I think the NDP deserves a leader who is going to be very clear in expressing the direction of the party and present a concise plan for change - loudly at that.

Anonymous said...

"A Kevin Falcon Liberal government, Maybe even a right to work province! Excellent work everyone."

Au contraire... the BC Libs couldn't get the DALAI LAMA elected.

The BC Liberals are history, deal with it.

CJ said...

Kevin Falcon vs. Adrian Dix?

The last 2 standing after the battles.

Anonymous said...

I don't much like the idea of an NDP government, but I don't like the idea of a Liberal government either. HOWEVER, there's no way I'd vote for an NDP headed by Carole James, because she NEVER managed to let me know what her party might've done differently. Was there a vision? A plan? What was the weirdness with the HST and carbon tax? Taxes pay for public services: why would an NDP government object to that? She might be a nice person, but she's an idiot politically.

Anonymous said...

""A Kevin Falcon Liberal government, Maybe even a right to work province! Excellent work everyone."

So who says it will be Kevin Falcon? A bit early for that.

"Au contraire... the BC Libs couldn't get the DALAI LAMA elected."

The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader. He doesn't need the nonsense of politics.

The BC Liberals are history, deal with it"

The NDP are headed towards history if they don't smarten up.

Elect Mike Farnworth for Leader.

Anonymous said...

As a political leader James was a fool and coward.

She was the best political asset Gordon Campbell had in BC.

BC has been in need of an effective opposition party and as of today the people will get their monies worth for the first time in seven years.

Next they have ditch Sihota and his taxi-cab Mafia.

Actually Sihota should join the Grits since he loves the dollars and deals far too much.

The GREAT SATAN

Anonymous said...

I am not an NDP'er, but PLEASE...don't elect Jenny Kwan or Gregor Robertson as your next leader...much better people to do the job!!

DPL said...

Any wagers as to who will be the interim leader, and a person who sure won't be running for leader? Sure hope all the members get a vote at a leadership event sooner than later.Such a vote would unify the party and wouldn't cost that much to hold.I will not be a candidate of course.If nominated I would not run, if elected I would not serve. I guess I'm one of those anarchists David Shreck wrote about today as he was dumping on Jenny and the others in the group that saw a problem and came forward to deal with it.

Mork said...

Time for some real people power...I don`t care who is the leader..why not just change leaders every week
the leader can be from Mars for all I care.
Power to the People!
What is all this stuff about "Leaders"? Really old stuff.
Leaders mislead as much as they lead...Every government should be changed..renewed every 4 years
Power to the people!

Anonymous said...

So who fill the void?

My vote: Corky Evans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOOKTq1P1G8

Kevin said...

This is a sobering moment for our party.

Carole is one woman.

There is much work to be done for the party to become a relevant force.

There is no doubt such drama results in bitterness and distrust but fueling the fire of discontent serves only the liberals.

Time to roll up the sleeves and give British Columbians what they have been waiting for.

Anonymous said...

The party is relevant.

Carole is not a great spokesperson for the party; witness her resignation speech. Her refusal to make a gracious exit points out a character flaw which was elucidated by Ms. Kwan.

Hopefully the new leader will be someone who doesn't make me hit the "mute" button on my remote.

Anonymous said...

This is what you get when you go seven years without a leadership vote!

I once had a union leader like that, too.

Anonymous said...

Shame on Jenny Kwan and her gang of 13. Now that you have got James to resign, whatta ya gonna do to build the party you just trashed?

You've made the job of being interim leader and then leader virtually impossible, you gang of adolescents.

Delia said...

Now it's time to drive out the gang of 13. What they did will be remembered, and ultimately they're not very important and can be replaced. No leadership positions for them, whether the ndp is government or opposition. None of them can be trusted.

Jeff Barkley said...

There is a lot of emotion being displayed on both sides of this conflict within the NDP, and by those that have a vested interest in the outcome but never would support the NDP in an election.

I believe that the people will embrace a party that perceives a problem and then acts upon it. The Moe Sahota deal should never have been made, and, if Carol knew about it, well, that was just wrong. We will need to clean this mess up and do it right, if we expect to be able to take the high road anytime soon. There are many, within the party, that were unhappy with certain decisions that were made in the last few years, but have kept quiet, hoping things would change for the better. Carol did not fight in an effective manner, for the people of BC. She waffled on the Port Mann bridge and eventually reversed herself in the hope that it would increase her popularity. She didn't effectively fight against the "run of rivers" sellout and many other things that the Liberals have been doing.

I'm sure there are many who will sing the praises of Carol James. The important thing now though, is to come together and select a new leader that will lead the party to a victory over the worn out, retread socred, so called Liberals. The next election is the final chance to save ANYTHING in BC from the corporations. We won't own a damn thing and will be strangled by oppressive taxes and tolls, while we watch our pensions dissolve along with our children's futures. Just look at the US today. We need a change, and not a change without substance like Barack Obama. We need someone that really is an advocate for the people and not in the pocket of foreign corporations. We don't have time for another try at this. This is it. Another 4 years of the current world's direction and any chance of change will be gone. Everything will be owned and controlled by corporations with 999 year leases, so, you know, we can be told it was not sold.

We have to join together and win this one for the people. Giving up or moaning about how we can't possibly win now isn't an option!

Kevin Logan said...

Such great opportunity lies before the party.

Why must this slow motion train wreck continue now that Carole has graciously opened the door to change?

Her supporters should seriously reflect on her legacy at this time. Does she wish to leave a scorched earth in her wake or will her part in history be the revival of a near dead party and the successful hand off to an effective governing regime that goes on to reach her dreams and vision and more?

This is a delicate time and while the emotions inevitably run high lets pause and ensure we do whats best for Carole, the party and ultimately British Columbians.

I thank Carole for all that she has done and this selfless opportunity she has provided the party to continue the good fight and reach the aspirations she made possible.

Its time to carry the party to new levels and turn the page on discontent just like we will our calendars and look forward to a new year, a renewed party and successful future for British Columbians.

Thank you Carole and your loyal supporters for all that you have done and now that your time has come to hand of the torch you can be confident the flame of courage will burn on as we "take back our BC together!

FiddlingWhilstRomeBurns said...

I don't think people are going to forget the thinly disguised hatchet job that Mr. Tieleman has helped front. I don't know why Mrs. James caved. The entire caucus should have worked this out, not just the rebels. Perhaps they did.

All I know is while the caucus mice play the Fiberal fat cats, aided and abetted by a captive press corps are going rightly question the NDP's maturity as a government in waiting. Unfortunately that is a narrative that is going to stick. Meanwhile the department of social justice is going to have languish a lot longer.

What leader is going to want to herd theses backstabbing kitty cats? Is Moe really Rasputin?

The mind boggles.

G West said...

You must be joking Kevin.

Kevin said...

Not at all G West.

What do you suggest?

Further meaningless pulbic spats that make us all look stupid?

I mean come one the last while has been a bit of a gong show eh?

I understand that not everybody is going to get along, I have been a member for twenty five years, but the more we rip each others guts the more we lose.

G West said...

You think the way to build the party is to play patty cake now that a group 13 know nothings have destroyed the structure with their petulance.

You're not the only person by a long shot who has worked selflessly for years to try and get decent people elected and bring about a program of good government for the whole province. I find your posts at Ian's place childish and offensive - Carole James has no choice because a proto Maoist gang of mirror gazers were willing to slice and dice the party for their own selfish agenda.

Why would another woman even 'think' about running to lead this gang - you know damn well no one can prove a negative BUT the fact is, the party has never been higher in the general public's esimation till this stupid gunfight at the OK corral started.

You know that - I know that - telling me to kiss and make up now is pretty rich...You and this little gang of internet bullies have a lot of blood on your hands.

You want my support? Get Jenny Kwan to rescind the utterly contemptible statement of 'thanks and appreciation' she just made about Carole James and resign.

I don't want to be too close to any of that gang right now - they make me sick.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be too close to any of that gang right now - they make me sick.

Well G West, there's always the Communists. They are always looking for candidates to advance their socialist agenda. But their basic foundation (Marxist-Lennist) might be a bit too right wing?

Anonymous said...

if Kwan and Sahota packed it in that would help the party
James did the party a lot of good but she is no leader. BC voters have to turf out the most corrupt gov BC has ever had. It will be interesting to see who will be supporting these corrupt Liberals. Those who are upfront with this support I'm sure will inform the public how pleased they are with Campbell's performance.
Don't forget BC Hydro will go up 30% in three years under the Liberals Will the Canadian management and the foreign management of Hydro get a bonus for this ripoff. Is the CEO a Canadian and what will his salary be? If your paying 200 bucks every 2months you will now be paying 600 bucks under a corrupt Liberal gov.