NDP rejects sign-up complaints

NDP MLA Harry Lali

VICTORIA – The B.C. NDP executive has rejected two complaints from rival candidates about irregularities in the sign-up of members to support Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix in his bid for the party leadership.

NDP provincial secretary Jan O’Brien issued a statement late Wednesday saying the party will “process” all the party memberships and donations received in person at the provincial office in Burnaby by the 5 p.m. deadline on Monday.

Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali says he wrote to the party demanding a review after seeing Dix’s campaign workers bring in membership forms and party donations to meet the party’s deadline of Monday at 5 p.m. He said he will consider legal action if his complaint is not upheld.

Lali said rules were distributed to all leadership candidates, specifying that each new membership form have the member’s donation attached, to help ensure that people have paid their own membership fees.

“People coming in with memberships, stacks of them, thousands of memberships, and other people coming in with the money, in bags and envelopes, little handbags,” Lali told reporters at the legislature Wednesday.

Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth’s campaign also lodged a complaint about membership sales, but going into a party caucus meeting, Farnworth had little to say about the situation.

“My campaign did file an objection and so the rules committee will be dealing with that,” Farnworth said.

O’Brien said the rules did specify that membership fees must be attached to each application. But in the ruling released to candidates, she stated “the central point of the 5 p.m. deadline on Jan. 17 is to ensure that the membership forms are at the provincial office by that time. There is a recognition that it may not be possible to complete the processing in one day and there is provision for continuing the processing of the forms in the following days.”

Lali said the questionable memberships were brought in by members of the South Asian and Filipino communities in Vancouver. He denounced the “abuse and manipulation” of Indo-Canadian members, and compared it to questionable sign-ups for the NDP’s leadership campaign 11 years ago.

Dix said he was aware that many of the new members signed up by his campaign had made their donations in cash.

Just Posted

Canadians smoke less according to community health survey

Obesity and heavy drinking rates remain steady

Mainly sunny skies in Wednesday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Armoury event highlights Canada’s D-Day efforts in Normandy

Event runs Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bay Street Armoury

Bed Races on Beacon teams make final preparations

CCM Construction ready to defend their title on July 7

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read