Independent media needs you. Join the Tyee.

The Hook: Political news, freshly caught

Defeat was inevitable in neither circumstance: Holman

VICTORIA – In the politeness that follows defeat, demands for provincial New Democrat leader Carole James to resign will be kept out of the headlines - at least for the time being.

Despite the Campbell administration's strong negatives, the NDP's failure to effectively present and exploit those negatives to British Columbians is cause for New Democrats to reassess the party's leadership and approach to politics over the past six years.

Defeat was inevitable in neither circumstance. In 2005, the New Democrats went from three seats in the legislature to 33. But, given the Campbell administration's first term cutbacks, it's conceivable that seat count could have been higher, despite the disaster that befell the party in 2001 (Where the NDP were only awarded 2 seats).

As for this election, the Liberals were dogged by friends' and insiders' allegations in the months leading up to the writ being dropped.

And the Campbell administration's claim to being the province's best economic manager became assailable as Statistics Canada released numbers showing British Columbia's economy is in worse shape than the Liberals had forecasted in their most recent budget.

But the New Democrats didn't drive those numbers.

They mishandled the allegations from friends and insiders and the mushy middle election platform gave New Democrat candidates little to talk about on the campaign trail - with most of the major planks having been rolled out before the writ was dropped.

Of course, that's not to say the Liberals campaign was much better. It was just better than the New Democrats. And that was enough to win the incumbents a third term in government.

Sean Holman reports for Public Eye Online

Find more in:

What have we missed? What do you think? We want to know. Comment below. Keep in mind:


  • Verify facts, debunk rumours
  • Add context and background
  • Spot typos and logical fallacies
  • Highlight reporting blind spots
  • Ignore trolls
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity
  • Connect with each other

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist or homophobic language
  • Libel or defame
  • Bully or troll
  • Troll patrol. Instead, flag suspect activity.
comments powered by Disqus