B.C. NDP leader Carole James's statement on Premier Gordon Campbell's resignation

B.C. NDP leader Carole James released the following statement today (November 3):

“On behalf of B.C.’s Official Opposition, I want to thank Premier Gordon Campbell for his many years of public service and for the contribution he has made to British Columbia. And I want to offer special recognition to his family who have also made the sacrifices associated with public life.

“Premier Campbell made the right decision today. It’s become been increasingly clear the B.C. Liberals have broken trust with the people they were elected to serve. No issue shows that more clearly than the HST.

“But we must also remember that all B.C. Liberals played a part in the HST deception. All B.C. Liberals played a part in the slashing of public services, in the growth of social inequality we’ve seen in B.C. over the past decade.

“The people of this province need someone to stand up for their issues, to address concerns about our economy, society and environment and the issues that matter to their families.

“Under my leadership, New Democrats are doing just that. We’re committed to delivering for British Columbians on four key priorities: a strong economy, investments in human capital, a commitment to sustainability and renewing our democracy.

“It’s time for a strong, compassionate and pragmatic government in the Province of British Columbia.”

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Nov 3, 2010 at 1:33pm

“It’s time for a strong, compassionate and pragmatic government in the Province of British Columbia.”

...and you, Carol, are not that person or government.

As much as BC despises the Liberal's right now - they are in no mood for an NDP government and the poverty they bring.

Honest people don't get involved in politics. This is the true crux of our democracy, regardless of partisanship. Only millionaires can afford to run - most millionaires didn't get their money ethically.

Carol, your next.

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Nov 3, 2010 at 2:22pm

Carole, you need to join Gordon at pasture.

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John Simpson

Nov 3, 2010 at 2:40pm

I beg you Carole to please resign as well. I am a life-long NDP supporter, but you are simply not qualified to lead this province.

If you couldn't beat the most hated man in the history of BC politics in two tries, why should I believe you will beat Gordon Campbell's replacement?

I'm sure you're a nice person, but it's important to recognize your weaknesses, and that means stepping aside for the good of the party, the good of the province, and the good of the people.

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Nov 3, 2010 at 2:41pm

Socialists running this province? Yikes!

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Nov 3, 2010 at 3:03pm

Rain: I must assume you are a product of the Liberal-run public education system with grammar and spelling such as above.

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Nov 3, 2010 at 3:30pm

the people of bc need to remember how bad things were when the NDP were in power the province was in the toilet now as bad as cambell was at the end he did do some good and cant be blamed for the econemy the whole world is in a recession so lets be smart and think hard at the next election the ndp doesnt care about anybody unless you are a onion worker they are not for the middle or lower class peaple remember the last time they were in power

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Nov 3, 2010 at 5:51pm

TNT- what is an onion worker:)? Carole James is passive aggressive which does not a leader make. Instead of being a compassionate person in the wake of Mr Campbells rsignation, she chose to dig the knife in the back a little deeper. This is not the person who can bring compassion plus intelligence to leading this province. I would support Diane Watts as a leader however as so far she has shown both compassion and intelligence with the ability to actually hear what taxpayers consider important.

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Teen that cares about the future of our government

Nov 3, 2010 at 8:55pm

wow, good job Carole James. As bad as Campbell was, there is no way you'll do any better. Remember the complete economic disaster rendered by having the NDPs in power? NDP's should just stick to what they do best, not doing anything.

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John Makowsky

Nov 3, 2010 at 10:21pm

Carol do us all a favour and follow Gordo. The NDP must seize this
opportunity and make their move right now they are leaderless.

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Nov 3, 2010 at 10:25pm

I too am glad to see Gordo gone and also think it's time for James to go as well. Let's have two fresh faces who have not been on the scene before step forward and offer two visions that the electorate can vote on in 2013, so we can move into another "new era" in BC politics (heck even Sterk should go - the Greens must have someone more interesting than her to put forward their agenda)!

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