Join and have a say

  • Jan. 3, 2011 6:00 p.m.

It’s not too late to have a say in the upcoming provincial leadership races, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Both the BC Liberals and the BC NDP will be choosing new leaders in the next few months, following the resignations of Premier Gordon Campbell and the NDP’s Carole James. The Liberals will choose their new leader Feb. 26, the NDP will choose their new leader April 17 and both parties say they plan to allow members to vote over the internet or by phone. That means that as long as you have been a member of the party of your choice for a certain period of time, you will be able to cast a ballot for the new leader from the comfort of your home. The BC Liberal rules say that anyone who joins before Feb. 4 will be able to vote for the new leader. You can become a member of the Liberals by signing up at their website and paying $10. Members must be at least 14 years old and must not belong to any other provincial party. Those interested in the NDP race must join the party before Jan. 17 – 90 days before the leadership assembly. The membership fee is a $10 donation, although you can pay whatever you can afford, as long as it’s something, if you are underemployed. Members must be at least 12 years old and must not belong to any other provincial party. Memberships are available at the BC NDP website.