RIP Carole James's leadership, 2003-2007(?)
Carole James may have destroyed her party south of the Fraser with her transit before Gateway comments yesterday that appeared all over the press today. From the UBCM to the Bill Good Show, James was the subject of harsh criticism. Is the NDP finally going to mutiny?
Although Derek Corrigan at points in the past may have been a top contender for the job, things are looking different now. The largest city in B.C. with a pro-NDP mayor, by far, is Burnaby. As one of the few mayors willing to challenge the Liberal government, Corrigan has name recognition as good, if not better than most NDP MLAs. However, his positions are often Carole James's positions so there would not be much of a shift for the party, except for differences in popularity of James vs. Corrigan.
The real contenders, unlike last time, will come from within caucus. Mike Farnworth and Adrian Dix are the two most discussed names, but a second tier of potential leaders also exists in caucus - David Chudnovsky, Harry Lali, Maurine Karagianis, John Horgan, and Leonard Krog. In such a field, caucus support for an outsider mayor would be limited.
For the NDP, it would be the best of both worlds. A strong mayor fighting the province from the middle of Metro Vancouver (formerly GVRD) and a fresh face on the hustings in spring '09. A gateway to the leadership is unlikely for Corrigan and if he goes for it, the road will prove to be full of potholes.