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NDP a positive alternative to Liberal lies: BC NDP leader James

British Columbia New Democratic Party leader Carole James delivered a speech this morning that focused on B.C. Liberal government deceit, the need to bring British Columbians together and for party members to work towards winning in 2013.

“The Liberals are more than a government of miscues and mismanagement,” she said, citing the HST and the budget as examples. “The Liberals are a government of betrayal. Most British Columbians have concluded the Liberals lied to them.”

The NDP are planning a series of community meetings throughout the province, she said. “I'll be engaging you and a broad range of British Columbians from all walks of life, and experts in their field—including concerned business leaders—on how we tackle the big challenges that face us and move beyond the conflicts that hold us back.”

She talked about finding common ground and using a strong business climate to increase social justice.

"This morning, I've placed education at the top of my agenda to build a sustainable, new modern economy," she said.

“I ask all of you to leave this hall more determined, more resolute in your heart than ever to take our great party to victory,” she said. “To renew our commitment to progressive change, to building a just, dynamic and prosperous province for all our citizens.”

UPDATE: Read reaction from former MLA David Cubberley who wanted more attention to climate change here, view Carole James' post-speech scrum at Public Eye here, and Liberal Attorney General Mike de Jong's reaction here, and Tyee columnist Bill Tieleman's disappointed reaction here.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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