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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.