NDP caucus to meet today to talk it out

James McLeod
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New Democrat politicians will meet at some point today at an undisclosed location to talk about their problems.

A spokeswoman for the NDP said the meeting is expected to last all day today 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 today’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 NDP Leader Lorraine Michael questioning her ability to recruit new 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 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 has been openly critical of Michael’s leadership style. He has 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 today’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 it’s expected to last all day today and into Saturday.


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