October 22, 2013 7:32 am
Updated: October 22, 2013 8:46 am

N.L. NDP leader shocked, betrayed by caucus revolt

N.L. NDP leader Lorraine Michael gives an interview at home in St. John's, N.L. on Sept. 13, 2011.


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The leader of the NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador says she felt “betrayed” by her caucus after members sent her a letter asking for a leadership review next year, but Lorraine Michael says she has no plans to resign.

Michael says she was shocked by the contents of the letter she received in an email over the weekend after returning from vacation.

A caucus spokeswoman says the letter asks for a leadership convention in 2014 to ensure party renewal ahead of a provincial election in 2015.

Michael, who has led the party since 2006, says it’s the first time she has heard of any issues regarding her leadership from caucus colleagues.

She says she doesn’t understand why the caucus chose to write her a letter instead of having a face-to-face conversation.

Michael says she met with the party executive Monday and they support her leadership.

She says she intends to meet with the caucus this week in hopes of resolving any issues and coming to a mutual agreement.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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