Metro Vancouver MP Peter Julian has indicated he has yet to “close the door” on potentially running for the leadership of the B.C. New Democrats.
Speaking to the Straight today (December 7) by phone, Julian said he hasn’t “given any consideration” to running, noting “it’s still extremely early” as Carole James announced her resignation only yesterday.
But, he said: “I have been getting some calls and I’m starting to return those calls now and talking to folks and hearing what they have to say.”
“But,” the NDP MP for Burnaby-New Westminster continued, “this week I think it’s looking at the legacy of all of Carole’s work and making that point that she took us from a party that was on the verge of extinction to a party that is very vibrant, where we have often healthy debates.”
Asked how open he is to the potential for a provincial leadership run, Julian said: “Well, I don’t close the door.”
He then added: “I don’t think it’s a position you decide you want to run for. I think it’s very much a position that people call you to.”
“If people feel that you have the skills and the determination and the passion that is necessary then they’ll let you know that.”
In a statement read in Ottawa today, Julian praised James for her efforts to rebuild the B.C. NDP.
“Through her determination, calm and quiet confidence, Carole rallied broad support from the grassroots,” the statement says. “She travelled through B.C., small towns to big cities and she brought the party from two seats to three dozen seats and came within a few thousands votes of victory in 2005 and 2009.”
Meanwhile, two other Metro Vancouver NDP politicians today said they are not interested in seeking the provincial leadership job.
“I’m absolutely thrilled where I am at,” Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway, told the Straight by phone. “I’ve got the best job for me in British Columbia which is representing the people of Vancouver Kingsway in Parliament and that’s where I’m going to stay.”
New Westminster MLA Dawn Black told the Straight by phone: “I will not be running for the leadership of the New Democratic party. That’s absolutely not in the cards at all.”