Last Saturday Dave Barrett, Shirley, his wife of 57 years and their family celebrated his 80th birthday, a good moment, I think, to look back on his career. Dave became leader of the NDP in 1969 when the NDP under my old classmate, Tom Berger, lost yet another election to WAC Bennett. He led them [...]
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The political system in BC cries out for a third party, a new Social Credit party. While we all bitch about every government, from today’s vantage point the Bill Bennett government looks pretty damned good! At the outset, the Liberals under Gordon Wilson looked like the Socreds re-branded. That perception stayed until Gordon Campbell launched [...]
Polls show BC’s Liberals are wounded. Carole James had better not assume they are dead. The latest polls put Gordon (Pinocchio) Campbell in deep doo-doo at 23 points behind the NDP. First, let’s talk about what this means for the NDP. As Carole James looks at the numbers she will note that while the Liberals [...]
Voters are mad as hell, but that’s a long way from building a serious ‘third party.’ There is a lot of chatter about a significant new party coming to B.C. politics. Given the appalling state of governance and opposition, such a discussion is not surprising. Gordon Campbell and his so-called Liberals are in high odor [...]
If NDP can’t win voters in middle, maybe someone else should try. One of the real downers in this business is having to criticize, if not dump on, people you like. And politicians, like most people, are pretty nice people who are trying to do a good job. However, I don’t think Carole James can [...]
Carole James is no autocrat — and her party, for better or worse, lacks discipline. Much note has been taken in the press of the conflicting speeches of Jim Sinclair and Carole James at the recent NDP conference, with Sinclair representing the BC Federation of Labour and James speaking for herself and those who support [...]