NDP deputy leader Libby Davies has ruled out running in the party’s helm race. “It was a decision made after a lot of thought about what my role should be,” the Vancouver East MP said Thursday. Her minimal ability to speak French was one of her main reasons, she said in a phone interview from New Orleans where she’s speaking at a conference about HIV and housing.
New Democratic Party deputy leader Libby Davies, described Wednesday as the "heart" of the party's left flank, has decided she won't be a candidate in the contest to replace Jack Layton. Davies, a key player in an attempt, a decade ago, to replace the NDP with a new party, said she had cross-Canada support, but concluded that her inability to speak French was too great a barrier to overcome...Davies said that in the past, she focused on a candidate's policy views, but she'll now back a candidate with strong leadership skills who can follow in Layton's "pragmatic" footsteps.
OTTAWA — The B.C. government is honour-bound to repay the $1.6 billion it received from the federal government to bring in the harmonized sales tax, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told the House of Commons Tuesday. He was responding to a demand from New Democratic Party deputy leader Libby Davies that the Harper government drop its plan to "punish" British Columbians who voted in a summer referendum to axe the combined federal-provincial sales tax.