At the NDP provincial convention in Vancouver. Just had Carole James introduced…audience standing, clapping in unison. Will this last through the debate about the potential leadership review?
Introductions of the elected NDP MLAs. Some drawing bigger cheers than others…Carole gets all screetchy trying to speak over the clapping.
Burnaby Deer Lake MLA Kathy Corrigan seems to draw big cheers. Former Chair of the Burnbay School Board.
10:12 First shouts of SHAME are heard about the fact that the minimum wage has been frozen since the Liberals took power.
On the BC Rail execs making $1.2 million for managing 40 kms of track and no trains…there is one train, the LIberal gravy train.
10:24 Roof of Hazelton arena is leaking. Tried to get funding for a new roof. Community was told to look on internet to find a grant application form. Was this the way that the BC Place roof repalcement was managed?
Carole pledges that the NDP will eliminate child poverty in BC.
Her voice is rising, leading to the grand finale…people standing, cheering, clapping. “Because everyone matters!”
11:00-ish Outside the conventio room Carole came for a media scrum. Great stuff except that all I could hear was, “No the NDP are not in favour of tax increases…” or “Yes we expect some push back from within our party about the fact that we are going to reach out to business…” and “We want to offer British Columbians a positive choice for the future…”
One thing that was missing was the continuous references to Gordon Campbell. Is this the big shift that we are about to see?
And then a minor tizzy erupted when it was heard that Mike de Jong was in the lobby giving a little press conference, response to Carole’s speech. His response was essentially, same old Carole, same old themes…”
Mike Farnworth assured everyone that it was okay that de Jong was here because Farnworth had gone (as an observer) to Whistler for the Liberal convention. All okay.