Carole James, leader of the B.C. NDP, capped off her final speech at the close of the party’s annual convention in Vancouver yesterday by calling the provincial Liberals liars.
“The people of this province are counting on us,” said James. “We have a government that deceives the people of this province and now is making the people pay for their deceit.”
On Thursday, James asked voters to pressure their Liberal MLAs to vote against the pending HST, with which she said Premier Gordon Campbell blindsided British Columbians.
The NDP has a new ally with whom to fight the tax in controversial former B.C. cabinet minister Moe Sihota, who was elected president yesterday.
In the past, Sihota — who was in the legislature as both an Opposition member and an NDP cabinet minister during his 15 years in politics — was seen as a fierce critic of the B.C. Liberals.
The Liberals have already jumped on Sihota’s election, highlighting the controversies from his days in office when he twice resigned from cabinet over conflict-of-interest issues.