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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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  • Computer crash puts children at risk, says B.C. NDP ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    And NDP MLA Carole James says it also means if there's an emergency, such as a child in care needing help, social workers can't access files quickly. James says it's unacceptable for the system to be down for so long and she blames the&
  • North Coast Review: BC Liberal Government deflects NDP's ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Over the Easter break of the Legislature, Ms. Rice along with NDP MLA's Maurine Karagiannis and Carole James, did a tour of Northern British Columbia. A trip designed to highlight the potential dangers for women, that travel the Highway 16 ..
  • Older Horgan Needs Newer Policies | Keeping it Real...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Didn't Carole James do that? And Dix? Just what we need … more photo-op tours by a BC leader. Will he borrow the Premier's hard hat or bring his own? And on every key question I've heard him asked about: Kinder Morgan; coastal ship ..

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