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Mike Farnworth, seen here during the NDP leadership debate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
Mike Farnworth, seen here during the NDP leadership debate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
(Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail/Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail)

B.C. NDP caught in jobs-or-environment conundrum

Buy low. Sell high. The investing principle has come to describe the approach some in the province’s environmental movement are taking to the embattled B.C. NDP as it faces restructuring after being defeated in an election last spring they were expected to win.

In political terms, that means getting into the conversation as the party chooses its next leader in September to make sure the NDP emerges brightly green on the issues. Defeat, goes the thinking, has made the NDP more flexible than the governing B.C. Liberals, who are comfortable with the policies they carried to a fourth straight majority mandate last May.