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Kick Lali Out Of NDP Caucus

May 4, 2007

As you may know, in BC, the BC Liberals are proposing wage hikes for MLA’s. The BC NDP has decided to be opposed to wage hikes. Now, the BC NDP’s position had many political benefits, well, until Yale-Lilllooet NDP MLA Harry Lali said that he’d vote for the pay hike.

You know what the best course of action is right now? Remove Lali from any special caucus positions. You know what the best course of action is if Lali votes for the pay raise? Kick him out of the BC NDP Caucus.

Doing this would have many political benefits. It would establish Carole James on the right side of the public in this issue, especially after she flip-floped her position the first time this issue came up. It would also show that Carole James is a leader, willing to do what is right; after all, it seems that some people think that she is weak in this area. Finally, it would signal to the NDP Caucus that the Caucus should be acting as a solid team, ready to provide solid government.

What’s the downside. The BC NDP loses a MLA. Honestly, the loss of Lali’s presence in the BC NDP Caucus isn’t going to change anything in the grand scheme of things anyways – the BC Liberals have the numbers in the legislature.

Lali for a stronger BC NDP? Sounds like a good trade to me.

Update 05/04/2007, 4:10 pm: Lali apologizes for his pay raise statement. He still needs to be knocked down a peg or two in caucus by having his caucus positions removed. And if he still votes for the pay raise, kick him out.

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  1. Trudy Thorgeirson
    May 17, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Take the raise!
    MLA’s have families to support and they work long hours.
    It is unfair of the government to allow opting out- its a game!. You wouldn’t be able to opt out of a legislated cut back in wages woul you?
    Using percentages confuses the issue.
    Duncan

  1. May 8, 2007 at 12:12 pm
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