NDP touts Campbell resignation as party "victory"

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The NDP promotes "Facebook parties" to celebrate Campbell's resignation

The reaction to Gordon Campbell's unexpected announcement was barely sinking in when only 15 minutes after he had finished making his short remarks announcing his resignation, the BC NDP circulated an email bulletin to rank and file supporters titled "A Victory For Every British Columbian". The tone of the message was that of class warriors, and in marked contrast to the verbal comments made by NDP leader Carole James – see the video courtesy of Public Eye Online.

In front of the cameras James thanked Gordon Campbell for his service, and credited him for mentioning the sacrifice of his family while serving in public office. While at the same time the missive distributed by her party was hardly as generous. Here, below, is the message sent out by the NDP around noon on Wednesday.

A Victory For Every British Columbian

This morning, Gordon Campbell announced his resignation as premier of British Columbia. In his nearly ten years as premier, Campbell has left a path of destruction and misery throughout our province.

He led the charge to cut funding for schools, hospitals, and vital social services. He has kept the minimum wage frozen for a decade, while raising his own salary.

He lied to our province about the HST. He was a divisive leader, who pitted British Columbians against one another, rather than uniting people to solve our common issues.

This moment is a victory for every British Columbian who has opposed nearly ten years of the BC Liberals’ reckless agenda. It’s a victory for every teacher and healthcare worker who has walked a picket line to demand better funding for students and patients.

It’s a victory for every volunteer who has helped bring change at election time, or worked to make the HST initiative a success. It’s a victory for every British Columbian. We all have a lot of work to do to build the province we want.

But with Gordon Campbell’s resignation today, change is coming to our province.

Take a moment to join with New Democrats across the province who are celebrating the end of Gordon Campbell. Organize a party with your friends and family on Facebook and in your community to celebrate this victory.

Tomorrow the work continues to build our strong alternative. But today is a great day for our province.

Let’s celebrate.

BC NDP

...And with that out of the way ruby slippers suddenly appeared on Carole James, and the NDP munchkins danced.

We think, however, that the NDP "victory" is going to be short-lived. With Campbell stepping down, the role of most unpopular party leader automatically goes to Carole James. In Thursday's 24 Hours newspaper my column focuses on the future leadership prospects of both the NDP and BC Liberals, and how Campbell's decision will have an immediate impact on the career of Ms. James.

My colleague at 24 Hours Bill Tieleman provides his take on why Campbell had to step down – the HST. Tieleman of course was a driving force behind the grassroots campaign he led with Bill Vander Zalm and Chris Delaney. By knocking off Campbell, the anti-HST forces did one better by giving Carole James no option but to step down as well.

That leaves both the BC Liberals and the BC NDP looking for new directions at the same time. So while the NDP sing 'ding dong the wicked witch is dead', they may want to take note that a house is about to come crashing down on them as well.

UPDATE: The BC Liberal Party has just announced that they are rescheduling their party convention. No new date has yet been announced.

- post by Mike

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That email the most disgusting email ever circulated by the NDP. It shows that no one, not even the staffers or Carole James herself, have any sense of respect for others for their contributions to the public.

You don't heap words of thanks and then backstab on someone who clearly has achieved more accomplishments- all for the future of this province- than you. Carole James and the NDP are the DISHONOURABLE Opposition. They know no respect and they'll never get any.

I was actually shocked that James was so conciliatory. The fights between her and Campbell were ugly. Very ugly. She called him all kinds of horrendous names. She insisted he was a criminal. She all but painted him to be on par with a Joseph Stalin. But he steps down and all of a sudden the gloves are dropped? I'm sorry, that doesn't wash. Was he really the worst premier ever Ms. James or was it exactly as I thought, you just can't help but inflame the situation to hopefully win a vote or two.

The that release makes me laugh. Divisive?!?! OMG I have to take their word on it, because they are the MASTERS of being divisive. But I guess that's what happens when you're in the pocket of a union leadership that doesn't understand that if there's no businesses, there's no work and that means there's no unions.

I pray for a day where we can all get along, but until then I'm sticking with the Liberals. They might not be perfect, but they're still a heck of a lot better than the option.

I am relieve that Campbell has resigned - not because he was the worst premier in the history of the province, but because we can now go back to the appropriate conversation. What policies are in the best interest of the province's future and who is best equipped to move that vision forward.

With Campbell at the helm and the sentiment of 'anyone but Campbell' out there, we could have made some pretty foolish choices. Our neighbours to the south are living proof of irrational backlash.

So, time to hear about the options and alternatives from the NDP. Time to hear what the province might look like under a new Liberal leader.

I think the NDP might regret being so celebratory yesterday.

The NDP has again revealed that they are nothing but a pack of junkyard dogs with no class.

Klassy!

Julia at 7:25 this morning said "With Campbell at the helm and the sentiment of 'anyone but Campbell' out there, we could have made some pretty foolish choices. Our neighbours to the south are living proof of irrational backlash."
Now why would you suggest the Americans voted irrationally. If you have watched political and economic events in America closely for the last two years, you would not have used the word "irrational". That vote truly spoke the sentiment of the country. America is no more divided politically than we in BC are.

@Paul.

"They might not be perfect, but they're still a heck of a lot better than the option."

I love this attitude--I see it all the time. Party x may be bad, but party y is horrible so I vote x. Really shooting for the stars there eh?

Nice try boohoo. What I think you're missing is that any party in power will make mistakes. People are human. And when humans are in a leadership position they will make mistakes. The hallmark of a well lead government is one that has a clear vision for it's constituents. The NDP has no vision. All they've campaigned on is that they're not Campbell.

The "Conservative" non-party, filled with bigots and holocaust deniers, also had their sights set on Campbell.

Well Campbell's not there anymore. So the object of the hatred is gone.

Let's get back to talking about what we like and what we don't like about the policies of this government and how we can ensure they work.

People can say what they like about Gordon Campbell but he did a lot for this province.

We were a have not province and within 2 years under proper fiscal managment we were back on track.

He worked hard during the Olympics, propmoted the province and Canada and I for one thank him for his service.

I have no doubt he will land on his feet - perhpas a senate seat?

As for the NDP, I would sever a limb before I ever voted for them or anyone of their party members.

No class AND no common sense. ;)

I'm not a huge fan of the NDP, but just because you're unaware of, or don't agree with their vision doesn't mean they don't have one.

And that's what oppositions do, the Libs did the same thing.

With that email NDP demonstrates once again that they will snatch defeat from the claws of victory. The email is brutal and whoever wrote it should be fired...on the other hand they better keep them.

@Marko.

That kind of attitude is so selfish...Hoping for a weak opposition is such a slap in the face of democracy. What's best for ALL of us is a strong party in power and a strong opposition. Right now we have neither and look where that's got us.

Yes, we all are witnessing how democracy operates with our local 'NDP' government - Vision Vancouver.

That letter is just bad politics, plain and simple. The funny thing is that there were about 100 ways they could have written that letter, saying essentially the same thing, but without coming off as douche's....yet they couldn't help themselves.

I will readily admit that I'm a Liberal at heart, and feel this government has done way more right than wrong in this province. Even the HST I'm in favor of, but feel the Liberals completely botched the implementation, explanation and roll out.

I think Campbell has done the right thing, and I hope that the party is open to some fresh blood to reinvigorate things.

And in the spirit of believing in a strong opposition, if the NDP were smart they would also replace their leader. Carole James is unlikable, has zero vision, and is a horrible communicator for the party.

Bob @ 8:18, my reference to bad choices was to the results from this week's mid-term elections where Tea party nutbars were elected simply because they were not democrats or mainstream republicans. Qualifications had no part in the decision. Anger was the driver.

You have to rembember, the NDP has run 4 straight campaigns against Campbell, basically calling him everything up to the anti-Christ. So this email is no surprise. They're 1-3 with this strategy, and even that 1 has an asterix because they lost the popular vote in that election. It's almost certain that they'll try to run the next election again Campbell, even though he won't be running. Anything to distract people from their complete lack of policies.

People who are "celebrating" the Premier's resignation clearly have not a slightest sense of appreciation with a thankful heart, don't remember how fortunate they have in a Premier who's leadership has brought thousands of jobs back to BC in just a short span of less than 9 years, enhanced the lives of many who were previously suffering, brought in investment, made BC the best province to live and work.

In the end, real politicians are ones who understand the broad picture, and that the classic quote, "no pain, no gain", always ring true. In my mind, Premier Campbell is one of those real politicians, and I thank him for his 14 years of dedication to this province. I cannot imagine where I will be if the leadership of this province did not go to the Premier in 2001. We too, as British Columbians need to always look at the broad picture, and reflect on just how much this province has changed for the better since 2001. That change is due to no small effort of a team and a leader. The benefits that have resulted as a whole, substantially outweigh the negatives. They speak volumes for themselves.

Well said George...I couldn't agree more.

Well, this statement really speaks to what is going to happen if they win:

[quote]In his nearly ten years as premier, Campbell has left a path of destruction and misery throughout our province.[/quote]

First, he was handed a broken province, and fixed it. He, and his party may have done some stupid stuff, but we should ALWAYS remember and be thankful for their work after winning the election.

[quote]He led the charge to cut funding for schools, hospitals, and vital social services. He has kept the minimum wage frozen for a decade, while raising his own salary.[/quote]

OK, so they will raise the minimum wage-which is good, but its going to cost in terms of hiring staff.

[quote]This moment is a victory for every British Columbian who has opposed nearly ten years of the BC Liberals’ reckless agenda. It’s a victory for every teacher and healthcare worker who has walked a picket line to demand better funding for students and patients.[/quote]

OH, and then we speak to the base...the great unions that represent the downtrodden and desperate workers of the province, and we kick off on a campaign of doing what we can to please them...lest they vote or someone else.

Oh, its going to be a bad ride for the province. Does anyone remember the decade of frozen tuition, to the point that our higher education system was bankrupted?

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