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Carole James

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Carole James's Biography

Carole James, 53, is a Canadian politician. She is currently the MLA for the riding of Victoria-Beacon Hill, on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. She holds the position of Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the BC New Democratic Party in British Columbia. Although she has announced that she will resign, she is staying on until a new leader is selected. The party leadership assembly to select the new leader is scheduled for April 17th, 2011.

Born in England, and raised in Saskatchewan and BC, James was a school board member in Victoria between 1990 and 2011. She later served as the director of child care policy for provincial government, under an NDP government.

In 2001, Carole James ran for MLA under the NDP banner in her current riding, but lost by 35 votes to a BC Liberal candidate, Jeff Bray. In that election, the NDP won only 2 of the 79 seats available, with the rest of the seats going to the BC Liberal Party. 


In 2003, James became the leader of the NDP, after two ballots of the leadership race.

In the 2005, the NDP won 33 seats, while in the 2009 election, the NDP won 35 seats.

In late 2010, a leadership controversy emerged, as Carole James's leadership was questioned by the release of a statement by the respected NDP MLA Jenny Kwan, calling for an immediate leadership convention. James resigned after holding emergency caucus meetings on December 6th, 2010.


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  • BC Iconoclast: Female Leaders in Canadian Politics

      Blog Source: | 8 days ago
    ... Olive Crane - PEI PC leader was removed as leader by the PC caucus in October 2013; Eva Aariak - did not win re-election as an MLA in Nunavut, she had already said she did not want a second term as permier; Carole James - resigned ...
  • The Straight Goods: John Horgan, British Columbia`s Next ...

      Blog Source: | 8 days ago
    All I can say is, we couldn`t win with the honest Carole James, and I knew back when I posted this story, we couldn`t win with Adrian Dix`s baggage, not with a corrupt media...If John Horgan was elected leader at that time, we would have a ...
  • A good opposition should be a good government in waiting. | ...

      Blog Source: | 8 days ago
    ... from the once powerful now fragile New Democratic Party. He was justified in condemning the way the party caucus did a “You, too, Brutus” on former leader Carole James a few years ago, probably because his own caucus did a similar…

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