|Mike Harcourt, Darlene Marzari and Joy MacPhail - March 22, 2007|
Which is why I'm very confused about his statements to the Globe and Mail newspaper saying he has let his BC New Democratic Party membership lapse because of three past events:
1. The BC NDP opposing the unfair BC Liberal carbon tax in the 2009 provincial election.
2. The forced removal of former BC NDP leader Carole James in 2010 after she lost the 2005 and 2009 elections and indicated she would continue as leader in 2013.
3. BC NDP leader Adrian Dix's decision in mid-campaign of the 2013 election to reverse his position to wait and see the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion application before deciding to support or oppose it and instead oppose it immediately.
I disagree with Mike Harcourt on the carbon tax - but that's four years ago and happened under Carole James. The BC NDP did not oppose the carbon tax in the 2013 election under Adrian Dix.
That's a puzzling position for Harcourt to take.
I regret that Carole James did not make a decision to step down as leader after two election defeats and other issues but regardless of that, it happened three years ago.
Mike Harcourt endorsed MLA Mike Farnworth in the 2011 leadership campaign, so presumably the first two items were not reason to let his BC NDP membership expire and stay out of the leadership endorsement business. [I endorsed Adrian Dix in 2011.]
That leaves the Kinder Morgan pipeline decision - and I agree with Mike Harcourt that it was a mistake - and I've written that here and in 24 Hours Vancouver and The Tyee several times since the election.
But Mike Harcourt doesn't agree with Mike Harcourt on Kinder Morgan!
At least, Harcourt now disagrees with Harcourt then.
Here's what Harcourt told CKNW's Bill Good on May 13, 2013 in a discussion of the election and the Kinder Morgan reversal: