NDP to meet at undisclosed location

James McLeod
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New Democrat politicians will be meeting at some point Friday at an undisclosed location to talk about their problems.

Lorraine Michael

A spokeswoman for the NDP said the meeting is expected to last all day Friday and into Saturday, and once it’s over one or more of the caucus members may be available to speak to the media.

The details of Friday’s caucus meeting may be scanty, but it comes after three days of nonstop public fighting by members of the New Democrat caucus.

On Sunday, the four members of the caucus sent a letter to leader Lorraine Michael questioning her ability to recruit new NDP candidates, and calling for a party convention to pick a new leader.

After Michael spoke in the media saying she felt “betrayed” and blindsided by the letter, two of the four MHAs backtracked.

MHA George Murphy has said he was threatened and bullied by fellow caucus member Dale Kirby into signing the letter. Gerry Rogers said she signed the letter hoping that it would spur party renewal, but she regrets how they went about doing it.

Christopher Mitchelmore has said he stands by the letter he signed, and he wants a leadership convention.

Kirby, for his part, has been openly critical of Michael’s leadership style; he’s said that if she remains leader, he doesn’t know if he will remain in the NDP.

After three days of every member of the caucus doing interviews and airing their grievances in public, they’ve now fallen under a self-imposed gag order ahead of Friday’s caucus meeting.

Seemingly to further avoid media attention, the meeting will not take place at the NDP offices in Confederation Building.

A party spokeswoman would not reveal the time or location, only saying that it’s expected to last all day Friday and into Saturday.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Confederation Building

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