Carole James Had No Other Choice…

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.

Harv Oberfeld

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19 Responses to Carole James Had No Other Choice…

  1. The dissenters in the NDP ranks are not finished yet. I believe they will destroy the party. Here are some excerpts from a letter I sent to all NDP MLAs yesterday:

    “…politicians of all persuasions are no longer just disliked or derided – they are viewed as irrelevant and useless. ”

    “Let me be clear. BC voters are past being fed up with political shenanigans. They are out for blood. Your actions risk destroying the NDP. As a party supporter, I no longer care if the party destroys itself…”

  2. Fred . . . says:

    Well it should be very entertaining. The old guard of hard core trade unionists, they of the Beer & Tim Hortons crew, they of the Ford F150 and Hunting & Fishing set vs the new guard/New Age ever-so-progressive & smarter than the rest of us, the latte liberal/champagne socialist do-gooder crew.

    Much hilarity will result, much political blood will be spilled – maybe the NDP should rent out Hollyhock & turn it into Triage & Field Hospital.

    Watch Emperor Gregor 1st . . . . his ambition has been whetted by playing gawd in Vancouver. Tides Canada would love to have him in the driver’s seat in Victoria . . . the better to impose Gaiaism on the province & stop the pipeline.

    Watch Gregor/Tides & the money bags that pay for all Gregor’s games.

  3. morry says:

    HO: Another reason she should and has to go: why did her party not ever raise the Transfer gap?

    “Ottawa Pocketed $25 Billion from BC Since 2001
    Under BC Liberal reign, we’ve paid $25 billion more to feds than came back. That’s unprecedented.”

    source: the tyee

  4. brian says:

    finally, some sense from the NDP party. I dont buy the argument that the minority within the party has ruled the majority. Party members, liberals, and the electorate in general have been saying for months now that James had to go because she was ineffective as the leader of the opposition. James finally did the right thing and resigned to make way for the NDP to make themselves RELEVANT to the electorate and be an alternative to the liberals.

    Lets hope the NDP can get their act together and find a leader with some charisma who can clearly tell BCers what the liberals have done wrong and how the NDP will change things for the better. Lets hope the NDP develop policies that make sense for the ORDINARY citizens.

  5. morry says:

    @ Fred . . . One of the funnier posts i have read in some time. Thanks! And spot on! But I think @Joe from Victoria has it nailed.
    “…politicians of all persuasions are no longer just disliked or derided – they are viewed as irrelevant and useless. ”

    And as for the NDP … they can start having their casket built. It’s lights out..permanently for that crazy bunch.

  6. SB says:

    Th e NDP needed a new leader as much as i think Carole James is a smart able politician she lost 2 elections and has not had a presence that gave the BC Libs any fear of what an opposition could do , The NDP need someone with some teeth so to speak and start going at the BC Libs and the the complete dishonest ness they have made and the behind closed doors deals all over to give away profits in search of corporate support for the Liberal campaign funds BC Rail is just one issue James was not strong enough on lets hope they get a new leader who will call the new BC Lib leader to task on all the past work that group has done.

  7. Edgar says:

    I agree with Fred – I believe the way is now cleared for Gregor Robertson to make a run for the leadership of the NDP

    Maybe this is obvious but if the NDP had waited until the spring of 2012 for a leadership convention Gregor’s ambitions would have been problematic for Vision in next municipal election. “Is he going to stay as Mayor or is he going to go before the end of the term.” If he left before completing his second term as Mayor of Vancouver to assume leadership of the NDP it would no doubt become an issue in the 2013 provincial election.

    I am tending to agree that “…politicians of all persuasions are no longer just disliked or derided – they are viewed as irrelevant and useless. They govern for their interest groups and the rest of us our left to our devices.

    As one who’s sympathies rest with the interior of the province (what was that expression the “the heartland) what I dread is the prospect of another political leader from Vancouver.

    (Response: Just imagine the cost! Bike lanes throughout the province! 🙂 Actually Robertson might do well to look hard at a provincial leadership role: I think his return to a second term as mayor in Vancouver is not all that certain. h.o)

  8. Keith says:

    Ayup Harvey,

    Hope to heck they don’t war it out too much. I believe the voting public have had enough of politicians in general and those of our two provincial parties in particular.

    Just elect someone as leader that has the interests of the province and it’s people as it’s first priority as you said, and can articulate how that will be carried out, without lying or phony numbers. The local blogosphere as an alternative news scource is on to them, with lots of folks now becoming too well informed and aware for that crap to continue ad infinitum.

    You could be right in suggesting that an election may be brought forward, K. Baldrey has suggested more than once that the Liberals may call one when their new leader is in place, (assumimg that leader has a seat) while the NDP are leaderless and still trying to get it together. I wonder who he’s been talking to.?

    (Response:despite all the pledges of working together, party leaders are basically dictators… so the fight to capture that post is highly intense, esp in the NDP, because basic ideological direction is determined; while the Libs are more of a coalition of diverse free-enterprise philosophies whose unifiying force is a determinaton to keep the NDP out. h.o)

  9. sue says:

    Nice to see that Libs like Fred post here.

    I’m not gonna stereotype all Liberals as liars just because I think Gordon, Colin, etc. are.

    Gregor won’t run. Already said so. Same with Kwan.

    I expect Horgan to take it. Smart person, speaks well, and won’t dither.

    And he won’t have any trouble taking on Falcon or Clark (who I think are the front runners in the Liberal party).

    BTW I thought Clark was only off work for a week; guess not. She had a fund raiser at the Grand Taj in Surrey last week and was signing up members.

    Hilarious, it was.

  10. 13 says:

    Yikes!!! As a Liberal supporter I am saddened by Ms James demise. She was a sure thing for a third strike and a Lib victory.

    Now my greatest fear has a chance to come true. God help the good people of BC if the whacko mayor of Vancouver decides to try his hand at provincial politics. Imagine the bike lanes to be built from the Pacific to the Rockies. Countless chicken farms. Enough social housing to fill entire cities. (as long as they are on the ocean or if need be a lake).

    I guess we will have to sit back and watch as the cream rises to the top of the NDP barrel.

    (Response: Thanks. My laugh for the the day…unless anyone else can top it wuth their own “Gregorism” provincial possibilities. 🙂 h.o.

  11. Richard says:

    Bike lanes and paths across the province are a great idea. They would be fantastic for tourism and the economy.

    The Route Verte in Quebec is a great example of this:
    http://www.routeverte.com/rv/index2010_e.php

    (Resonse: I saw the Route Verte near st Agathe when i was in Quebec in August. It seems terrific, because a lot of it runs through forests, along old rail lines …like the Trans Canada trail (which by the way I contributed to and have my name on one of their pavilions, so i’m not anti-trail, biking etc) …but I fear in BC, a Robertson Route Verte might see a thousand miles of concrete barriers going up to turn a full lane of the Trans Canada Highway, the Yellowhead and the Sea to Sky Highway reserved for bicyclists only. 🙂 h.o.

  12. morry says:

    I happen to be a BIG FAN of the cycling lanes. All the great cities have them or are planning on adding them. NYC has been transformed by them. Lots of bike lanes in the big cities of Europe. And I say this as a motorist and a cyclist. Automobile traffic has been reduced flowing into the dntwn core. Much easier to drive around now compared to 5 years ago.

    Only transportation “luddities” would be against them.

    Chicken farms…now that is another issue 😉

    PS. HO is a big fan of Clark, but she is tainted chicken meat in my books. Gregor if he runs will take her down handily.

    (Response: I’m not a big fan of Clark..all I wrote is that I think she would be a good candidate for the Liberal leadership, considering the others she might face. Who I would actually support in the next election would depend on much more than the leader… but on their and their parties positions and policy promises on important issues. h.o.)

  13. D. M. Johnston says:

    I have just read on the Vancouver Sun web page that Clark is running. Well Carole, you had no choice but to leave, Clark would have made mincemeat out of you.

    Fact is, just about anyone could make mincemeat out of you, have a long vacation, enjoy life, your time is done.

    Now “Cry havoc…..and let slip the dogs (politicos) of war”! The fun is just beginning.

    (Response: Maybe Bill Good and Pamela Martin will run too, since CTV has announced they will be gone at the end of the year! 🙂 h.o.

  14. mike says:

    Harv, Off topic but Have you heard that bill and pamela will be leaving ctv news in the new year? Do you have any inside info on why they are really leaving?

    (Response: Yes..heard the news. Will be interesting to see who replaces them…Kevin Newman??? Announcement tomorrow. h..o)

  15. kootcoot says:

    HO said:
    Who I would actually support in the next election would depend on much more than the leader… but on their and their parties positions and policy promises on important issues. h.o.)

    Would you actually believe for a second any promises by the party that promised not to sell BC Rail, to not tear up contracts, that the HST wasn’t on the radar,when it was on their desk and let’s face it, it ain’t just Campbell who tends to be lying if his lips are moving.

    If you can find out what they tell the corporate owners of the party, then maybe you’ll be getting the straight goods – otherwise you’ll hear what they think you want to hear and they’ll continue the transfer of wealth upward and out of the province until we’re all living in cardboard boxes.

    (Response; And you apparently believe the NDP kept all their promises and didn’t waste public funds, didn’t ever hire party hacks or partisan supporters and didn’t ever withhold information or lie to the voters?? h.o)

  16. Henri says:

    Carole James Had No Other Choice…
    Really, does that go for affirmative-action also.
    Bull……

    http://www2.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=788f5ee5-21f0-4edb-96fc-74248e599202

  17. Mo says:

    H.O Response: “Maybe Bill Good and Pamela Martin will run too, since CTV has announced they will be gone at the end of the year! ”

    Sweet!. Two more obnoxious pair than these are hard to find on TV. Never watched them except when i was surfing during commercials. They made my skin crawl.
    As for Clark: anothrr media name. No way she will succeed…. We are on to the mainstream mouth pieces.

    Bill Good – this one is for you: Bloggers Rule!

  18. Ron says:

    Re: kootcoot // Dec 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

    HO said:
    “Who I would actually support in the next election would depend on much more than the leader… but on their and their parties positions and policy promises on important issues. h.o.)”

    Would you actually believe for a second any promises by the party that promised not to sell BC Rail, to not tear up contracts, that the HST wasn’t on the radar,when it was on their desk and let’s face it, it ain’t just Campbell who tends to be lying if his lips are moving.
    I had read today that the Fiberals had moved about 100 workers to the CRA in anticipation of the HST MONTHS before the election. Is there any truth to that fellow readers? If so, then all Fiberals should be thrown out of office and jailed for fraud. How can we citizens stand for this? (Edited..h.o)

  19. LindaT says:

    Harvey – who are your picks for frontrunners for the NDP leadership then? The poll last night on Global (I wish it were still called BCTV) showed Mike Farnworth w/ a sizeable lead…

    Are there any outsiders that can come in for the NDP? The only name I’ve heard is George Heyman but I dont understand how the former head of the BCGEU would help their chance at the polls…

    (Response: I hear Farnworth has the lead so far within the party..but I personally have not yet decided who I think would have the best chance of carrying that party to victory. h.o)

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