BC's NDP at a Crossroads
Former BC Premier Mike Harcourt (external - login to view) has caused enormous shock waves throughout BC's NDP by very publicly quitting the party:
In a rare rebuke from an ex-premier to his party, Mr. Harcourt cited several grievances, but pointed to the "astonishingly stupid decision" of leader Adrian Dix in mid campaign last spring to change position on a proposed expansion of a Kinder-Morgan pipeline between Alberta and the Lower Mainland.Left Coast Dippers now have a decision to make: Will they remain subservient to the whims of the environmental elitists or will they move forward with a more pragmatic approach?
Mr. Dix said he would oppose the expansion after saying he would wait until an application for approval was filed to take a position.
"Coming out against Kinder Morgan just finally did it for me. I thought that was so stupid and unnecessary," Mr. Harcourt said, estimating Mr. Dix's reversal cost the New Democrats 20 seats and alienated blue-collar workers in resource communities across the province.
BC's NDP at a Crossroads - Small Dead Animals (external - login to view)