Kwan calls for NDP leadership convention
NDP MLA Jenny Kwan is calling for a B.C. NDP leadership convention to be held as soon as possible because of what she calls "the steady erosion of our democratic principles" under leader Carole James.
In a strongly worded statement issued by Kwan early Wednesday afternoon, the Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant MLA blasted James for stifling debate inside the caucus and over-ruling caucus decisions.
This is what Kwan had to say
"Under Carole James' leadership…debate has been stifled, decision-making centralized, and individual MLAs marginalized," said Kwan.
"Many are shocked at how some critical decisions are made or how caucus decisions have been later altered," she said.
"Equally dismaying is how MLAs then learn about these decisions through the media. This poor decision-making practice and a lack of genuine consultation within our caucus is an ongoing source of frustration for many within the caucus."
No clear leadership
Kwan also said James was failing to provide clear leadership for the party and repeatedly failed to take a public stand on critical issues.
B.C. NDP leader Carole James has been fighting off calls from her caucus for her resignation in recent months. B.C. NDP leader Carole James has been fighting off calls from her caucus for her resignation in recent months. (CBC)
"As well, for too long there has been a clear lack of direction under the leadership of Carole James. Whenever a challenging policy decision arises, often the default position is to avoid taking a stand," said Kwan.
Carol James has some tough choses to make now. Will she kick Jenny Kwan out of the NDP party ? Will she call a leadership party ? Will she step down as leader of the party ?
The provincial NDP are in shambles. The Liberals have to be laughing. Isn't B.C. politic exciting ?