The head of one of four NDP constituency associations in the Tri-Cities said he has no plans at this point to follow the lead of a fellow
riding president and call for the resignation of three of the party's top brass.
Scott McRitchie, NDP Coquitlam-Burke Mountain constituency association president, said he is aware of a letter from the Coquitlam-
Maillardville president calling for the resignation of leader Adrian Dix, but indicated there has been no discussion by the executive in his riding. He did note an upcoming constituency association annual general meeting, where a discussion about the letter could take place.
"No plans for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain at this point [to demand resignations]," McRitchie told the Tri-Cities NOW.
The political world in B.C. was abuzz this weekend following the revelation of a letter sent by the NDP Coquitlam-Maillardville constituency association calling on Dix, party president Moe Sihota and party secretary Jane O'Brien to voluntarily resign.
The letter, signed by Anne Dubois, stated "Compelled by and in agreement with a motion passed by our Constituency Association on Sunday, September 8th, 2013, I am writing you to request that you voluntarily step down from your positions as Leader, President, and Secretary of the BCNDP before the Party's November convention. While the executive of the Coquitlam-Maillardville Constituency Association recognizes your significant contributions to the Party, we believe this step is
essential for genuine Party renewal to take root after the defeat suffered in the May 2013 election."
McRitchie suggested there is a similar sentiment "out there," but added he is comfortable with letting the review panel complete its work. He also said he's fine waiting for the upcoming party convention, but didn't criticize his Coquitlam-Maillardville counterparts for writing the letter.
As for the Coquitlam-Maillardville rookie MLA, Selina Robinson did not respond to calls by the Tri-Cities NOW prior to press deadline.
Dix is expected to announce his intentions as party leader sometime this week.
Last week, Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth played coy about his thoughts on the leader and his own interest in the top job.
"What he's [Dix's] said is that he will do what's in the best interest of the party and think that's the appropriate thing for him to do," Farnworth told the Tri-Cities NOW on Sept. 12. "That's his decision to make and he's asked for the room to do that and I think all of us in caucus have agreed that's what should take place."
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