Who wants a new BC NDP leader now?
Now that BC’s Former Future Premier ™ Adrian Dix has taken his walk In the snow some party faithful are asking exactly who’s served by the BC NDP finding a permanent replacement for him ASAP. The answer to that question the last time the NDP exec decided to hold a quick leadership contest was obviously Christy Clark.
This Friday a longtime party member circulated an email suggesting that anyone who’d like to delay choosing a new leader… As in anyone thinking a fresh face like NDP MP Nathan Cullen might be a better idea than a long-time MLA like Mike Farnworth should sign an online petition titled “Do NOT Postpone the November 2013 BC NDP Policy Convention.”
The goal on the site is set at 1000 signatures. At 1:30 am Monday morning there were 113, but I doubt the numbers will stay that low for long.
Among the virtual signatures… And these are virtual signatures so perhaps the familiar names don’t belong to the following familiar players in the party (although I suspect a prankster would be more likely to toss in the names of a former party leader or two).
- Pat Martin (the name of a current NDP MP) whose signature is followed by the comment: “current policies and procedures must remain in place or the NDP electorate will be suspicious of intent and that is not anything we require at this time.”
- Nelson Riis (the name of a former NDP MP) who added the comment: “Time for some progressive NEW policy which reflects the current times (not the past).”
- David Schreck (the name of a former NDP MLA who was no fan of the defenestration of Carole James) who added the comment: “There is real work to do at the November convention, debating resolutions and electing an executive. A one-member-one-vote (OMOV) leadership election can be done without a “convention”. That’s the one that needs restructuring.”
Several other names will look familiar to party faithful, so assuming these people are the real deal if they start spreading the word I suspect the petition will have a lot more than 1000 names by the end of the day, nevermind the week.
I’ve cut and pasted the full email (as it arrived in my in-box) below but removed the name of the sender since the person who wrote the original email isn’t the person who sent it my way:
Subject: Delaying the planned November Convention
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:11:50 -0700
I’m not a big fan of these online things, but this is an important issue that needs a response by TODAY, Friday. Please sign the online petition below:
I believe what is happening is there is a move to delay the November Convention to Spring 2014 where there would then be a combined Leadership and Policy Convention.
My read on the politics is that in the race for Leader, this setup favours any established candidate, and puts the Party on a short track railroad to electing our next Leader.
I believe we need to elect a new President, recruit a new Prov Executive, and take some time to measure up how we rebuild the Party, and who we want as our next leader. Spring 2014 is too short a time line.
I would like the November Convention to go ahead as planned. According to the Constitution, one of the important decisions that will be made there will be the date of the next leadership convention. A future leadership convention will be One Member One Vote, and won’t require travel to a convention.
Here is the text on the petition:
For NDP members – past and present
There is a very strong and persistent rumour circulating that an attempt will be made by some, in the next while, and likely at a Saturday, Sept. 28 telephone meeting of the constituency Presidents, to postpone the November 2013 BC NDP Policy Convention. Let this petition serve as notice, to any and all, that the undersigned – past and present BC NDP members – INSIST that all efforts such as this, immediately cease and desist. We believe that this Policy Convention must go forward exactly as planned, and as required by the constitution of the BC NDP.
10.02 Convention shall be held at least every two years when in opposition, but every year when the Party is in government.
19.01 Amendments to this Constitution shall be dealt with as resolutions submitted under Sections 10.05, 10.06 and 10.07 of this Constitution, and shall require a two-thirds majority of delegates present and voting to pass.
13.16 Election of Provincial Executive shall be for a term of two years.
Last BC NDP Policy Convention date: December 2011
Please sign and share widely amongst BC NDP members who want renewal in the NDP.