Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson told CKNW this morning that he doesn't believe that comments he made on his constituency website are the reason he was kicked out of the NDP caucus.
Simpson said his constituency executive has been raising concerns about declining membership in the B.C. NDP. He also claimed that he has raised concerns with B.C. NDP president Moe Sihota and within caucus about the party's inability to excite the public.
"The NDP is not moving in the polls despite a government being on its knees," Simpson said, adding that the party's membership "is walking away from us".
Simpson also declared on CKNW that two-thirds of British Columbians either don't know who NDP Leader Carole James is or disapprove of her leadership.
Early this morning, James announced that Simpson had been bounced out of caucus after he criticized her on his constituency website.
"Through his public comments today, Mr. Simpson has made it clear that he would rather criticize our work than contribute to it," James said in a statement. "He has made it clear that he does not want to be part of our team."
On his constituency website, Simpson took a shot at both Premier Gordon Campbell and James for their speeches to the recent convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
"The Leader of the Opposition likewise had little concrete to offer the delegates other than a commitment to be more consultative than the current government and a promise to explore the possibility of revenue sharing with local governments," Simpson declared.