There must have been some gnashing of teeth over at NDP headquarters today (April 15) when the B.C. Liberal party released its campaign platform.
On Page 31 of the document is a glowing endorsement of B.C. Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell’s record on the environment, particularly the introduction of the carbon tax.
There wouldn’t be anything galling about that for the NDP had such approval came from a known B.C. Liberal supporter.
But the quote is from Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, a star NDP candidate in the 2005 election.
“As premier, he has shown his leadership on the environment, including overseeing BC becoming the first jurisdiction to introduce a Carbon Tax in North America,” Robertson is quoted as saying, from the April 4 issue of the Vancouver Sun.
As an NDP MLA, Robertson voted against the carbon tax, whose repeal is at the centre of the NDP’s current election platform.
Unlike the B.C. Liberal platform, there are no personal endorsements for NDP leader Carole James in her party’s platform.
Mel Lehan is running as the NDP’s candidate against Campbell in Vancouver-Point Grey.
In a brief phone chat with the Straight today (April 15), Lehan said that he has been getting a lot of support from Robertson’s Vision Vancouver caucus in city council.