BC NDP Convention Day 3, Moe Sihota elected as new party president

Walked into the convention this morning to hear the final points being made on the Resolution G2009-01 Regular Leadership Review. After the final comment I heard, the familiar refrain, “Call the question.”

The question was called, and carried. So in two years, at the next convention, there will be leadership review. You have to wonder of that will be enough for the rest of the party.

11:15am Heard that Moe Sihota has already won the election and is now the president of the NDP. Apparently the vote was 365-96…those numbers come from CKNW’s twitter feed seeing as I was still in transit when the vote took place.

Also, Jack Layton has announced that the newest elected NDP MP, Fin Donnelly is now the NDP Fisheries Critic.

11:35 Jim Sinclair is at the microphone…turn down the volume! Yikes. Reminding people that the next election fight will begin on Monday after the delegates get out of this convention. The NDP needs to build capacity beginning now, not 28 days before the election day.

11:50 Scrum outside the hall with Carole James. Pleased that the regular leadership review was carried and is now looking forward to the next leadership review…in two years.

Carole James in media scrum at NDP Convention 09

Carole James in media scrum at NDP Convention 09

Admitted that the NDP did not put their positive vision forward during the last election. And when she was asked about making education a priority for the NDP she said that research and development, giving children a good start, strong investments in post-secondary education are essential to moving the economy forward and creating a green economy.

On Moe Sihota as the new party president…the Liberals justified in feeling nervous about us having him back in the party in a leadership position. Moe is a proven organizer, business owner and will be a formidable force for the party.

And Carole on the equity mandate; “Nobody disagrees with an equity movement…we need to look at how we accomplish this.”

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12:10 pm Debate on equity mandate. Cheers indicate that the equity mandate will carry again. Vote after Judy Darcy speaks…long line of speakers at pro microphone…

12:14 Equity resolution was carried.

Election results for 6 Vice-Presidents; Spenser Herbert, Lorraine Shore, Alto, Harrison, Lunny, Zirnhelt are elected as VPs.

Three Members-at-Large; Jennifer Burgis, Debbie Lawrence, and Troy Sebastion have been elected.

Debbie Lawrence gets to work immediately after being elected as Member-at-Large:

Debbie Lawrence at NDP Convention 09

Debbie Lawrence at NDP Convention 09

Health related resolution to establish an independent Health Quality Council to identify new opportunities for innovation and best practices…Carried.

12:50 pm Just asked Adrian Dix if there is a need for a leadership review before 2011. His response was firmly “NO. I beleive that Carole James is going to be elected as Premier of BC in 2013 and the question of a leadership review is completely unnecessary.”

Adrian Dix at NDP Convention 09

Adrian Dix at NDP Convention 09

Obviously a strong vote of confidence from Adrian Dix for Carole James.

And on that note, we finish our coverage of the NDP convention 2009.