Dear Editor: I saw your interview with Tony Adey, a former NDP candidate, in Tuesday’s edition of the Star.
Like Mr. Adey, I am a former NDP candidate and longtime party member and also attended the convention last weekend.
However, unlike Mr. Adey, I felt that the convention was conducted along democratic lines and in accordance with the principles and constitution of the party.
Contrary to Mr. Adey’s statement, Lorraine Michael did acknowledge that she was partly responsible for the difficulties the party faced last fall and committed to listening more closely and “seeing the trees as well than the forest.”
Whether or not the vote reflects the beliefs of the party membership as a whole is something that cannot be verified, but since party members were notified directly that a leadership review vote would be held, it seems reasonable to assume that those with strong feelings on either side would try to be there, and the party offered help in securing transportation and accommodations for those outside of St. John’s who wanted to attend.
While the proposal to make a “one member, one vote” system a constitutional requirement for future leadership contests was not passed, it was clear that it was widely supported, and it was not approved primarily because the logistics of such a process were not yet defined.
In her final address to the convention, Ms. Michael identified preparing for such a system as a priority.
While the outcomes of the leadership review vote and the proposed constitutional amendment do not reflect the views of every member, they were democratically determined on the convention floor as required by the party constitution and do not in any way change the social democratic principles of the party, which Lorraine Michael so well represents and which New Democrats are committed to pursuing.
Holly Pike, Corner Brook