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NDP in crisis, James says she’s staying put

Despite calls to step down by veteran MLA Jenny Kwan, Carole James made it clear Thursday — she’s staying put as leader of the provincial New Democrats.

Despite calls to step down by veteran MLA Jenny Kwan, Carole James made it clear Thursday — she’s staying put as leader of the provincial New Democrats.

“The easy decision right now would be to step out,” James said at a news conference.

“But, you know, I have never taken the easy road. The people of British Columbia are counting on us.”

Kwan issued a letter Wednesday calling for a leadership convention, charging that MLAs have been marginalized under James’ leadership.

“For too long there has been a clear lack of direction under the leadership of Carole James,” Kwan wrote.

James replied that Kwan had passed up opportunities to discuss her concerns.

“I was disappointed, very disappointed,” James said about Kwan’s statement. “Every MLA will be held accountable for their actions.”

James announced the NDP will be holding an emergency caucus meeting in a few days for members to discuss problems they’re facing within the party.

“We’ll get through this,” James said.

“It’s time to get on with the job. It’s time we say enough of the divide. It’s not serving the people we are here to serve.”

 
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