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Mike Harcourt rips up NDP card, says B.C. New Democrats not ready to govern

Governor General David Johnston invests Mike Harcourt, former premier of B.C., as an Officer of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall Friday November 22, 2013 in Ottawa. Harcourt has given up his party membership in a split he says was more in sorrow than in anger. Harcourt said Tuesday that his decision not to renew his membership came after a combination of mistakes made by the party and its leaders.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
April 01, 2014 - 8:55 AM

VANCOUVER - Former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt is ripping up his membership in B.C.'s New Democratic Party.

Harcourt says he's been mulling his departure for some time, following what he calls a series of bad decisions by the party's leaders.

He points to New Democrat opposition to the provincial carbon tax and the ouster of former leader Carole James in 2010.

According to Harcourt, the last straw was current leader Adrian Dix's sudden reversal on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, during the 2013 election campaign, an announcement Harcourt calls the dumbest move in decades.

He says, as a newly independent citizen, he won't support anyone in the upcoming NDP leadership race, adding he hasn't spoken to candidate and MLA Mike Farnworth in three years, although he supported Farnworth for leader during the party's last convention.

Harcourt, who was premier from 1991 to 1996, says the B.C. NDP is not ready to govern.

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