Another day in a BC election campaign, another leader's rally. In fact, according to some reports, the NDP's leader Carol James has been setting new records in terms of public events. Thursday's rally in Kamloops crammed a large group of people into the small Moose Hall on the north shore. Yes, organizers wanted to ensure the crowd looked large whatever the turnout. There were probably 200 folks in the hall.
What made me smile is how enthusiastic and earnest the crowd felt. These people were true believers. I might not share their beliefs but you got to admire the obvious commitment. I arrived at the rally just as Harry Lali was finishing up an incredibly passionate speech. What an incredible speaker!
Carol James can't really deliver all the attacks on the Liberals very well. Her manner is too big sisterly. Don't get me wrong. She looks very competent. But, her nature comes through in the way she tilts her head, smiles warmly, and shakes folks' hands with both of hers.
Less media at the NDP rally than at the Liberal rally. But, CTV may have made for this with a live feed complete with this very cool satellite truck.
I have also put an online photo album with annotated photos from the NDP rally. Highlights include a very happy Harry Lali supporting couple wearing tshirts emblazoned with the Gordon Campbell maui mugshot and NDP staffers wearing clunky headsets.