It was all over for Carole James the day Premier Gordon Campbell announced HE would be stepping down.
The NDP Leader should have known, after all, that politics follows the same basic law of physics …for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Except in science, unlike politics, things flow naturally …and don’t have to be pushed. Why she put her party and the rest of us through the provincial council performance instead of just reading the writing on the wall, I’ll never understand.
Her announcement Monday morning should not surprise anyone.
As readers of this blog know, I believed all along James would go before the next election …but thought the best timing would have been next spring, after the Liberals had chosen their new leader, but still well enough in advance of the May 2013 provincial election.
There was really no way she could stay: after two election losses, it was obvious James had failed to excite the BC electorate; any improvements in the polls were more a reflection of unhappiness with Campbell and the Liberals; and, although often praised as a “nice person”, few ever portrayed her as a really effective or charismatic leader.
And once the internal rebellion made it into the open, it was only a matter of time.
Now, British Columbians can watch two leadership races take place at the same time: a rare and exciting time for political junkies.And the race I believe that will be more interesting will be the one within the NDP.
The Liberals will choose a new leader, but the party’s philosophy will remain basically the same: the NDP will war it out …as far left and centrist forces fight to take control of the party during the leadership race.
And with both parties choosing new leaders…the May 2013 scheduled election date…now looms too far away. A vote of confidence will be required much earlier. So the next election date will also be moved up…perhaps to coincide with HST referendum voting day.
I can hardly wait.