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A full NDP leadership convention would be healthy: MLA Coons

North Coast MLA Gary Coons has added his voice to those calling for the New Democratic Party to hold a full leadership convention.

“Mr. Coons said his own opinion is that [Carole] James has done a great job as leader for the past seven years, and it would be healthy for the NDP to have a full convention to ensure that the leader has a firm mandate going into the election,” the Queen Charlotte Islands Observer recently reported, though the two relevant paragraphs have since been removed from the website.

Coons confirmed that the Observer's account was accurate.

Public Eye reported last week that NDP North Coast constituency association president Gloria Rendell said she couldn't say whether their provincial council delegate has been instructed to support resolutions calling for a party leadership convention in 2011.

The NDP provincial council will meet in Victoria Nov. 20 and 21. Four constituency associations have submitted resolutions calling for a full leadership convention, while a dozen have supported James and called for following the leadership review process approved at last year's NDP convention.

That leaves 69 NDP constituency associations that are yet to publicly voice a position on James' leadership and whether there should be a full leadership convention or just a review.

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

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