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B.C. New Democrat Jinny Sims, a former head of the province’s teachers’ federation, is the MP for Newton-North Delta.

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B.C. MP Jinny Sims says she has dropped out of a five-member panel to review the provincial NDP's defeat in this year's election because she is too busy.

In an interview on Wednesday, the Newton-North Delta MP said she was unable to get to any of the hearings the four other members of the group held to gather information for the project.

The first such hearing, she said, coincided with a federal caucus meeting.

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Ms. Sims – a former leader of the provincial teachers' union – said that although she favours self-analysis, she had her doubts about the use of the report now being prepared to coincide with the party's convention in Vancouver next month.

"I think we know what went wrong in the last provincial election," she said. "If you talk to people at the door, they will tell you. If the idea was, `We need to get rid of our leader,' and whether the leader should stay or not, that decision is done."

Similarly, she said changes in the party's executive have also come about in the aftermath of the May vote.

"In many ways, I am looking forward to reading the report. I respect the people who are on the panel but, in many ways, the report doesn't have that kind of significance anymore now that we are in a new reality, so to speak."

"You can only do navel-gazing for so long."

New Democrats in B.C. went into the provincial election with a lead of up to 20 points in the polls, but ended up being defeated by the provincial Liberals, who won a fourth-straight majority with a campaign that focused on jobs and the economy.

The other four members initially named to the panel are Eugene Kostyra, a former Manitoba cabinet minister; Cindy Oliver, president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C.; Andy Ross, a former president of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 and law student Pam Sihota.

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