Irvine Carvery concedes his difficulties with the NDP’s provincial campaign office were likely the result of a simple “miscommunication,” but he says that misunderstanding “puts the screws to me.”
Carvery is one of three hopefuls vying to be the party’s candidate in the riding of Halifax in the October 14 federal election.
Carvery says his team recruited “close to 100” people—most of them black, or poor, or otherwise politically marginalized—to join the party in the leadup to the nomination meeting. The problem came when his son tried to pay for those memberships at campaign headquarters using one credit card. Party officials refused to register their names. (For a more detailed explanation of what happened and why, check out the previous post.)
Carvery says party officials “should have been clearer” about the options open to the newcomers. In the end, he says, “only 18 to 20” of them went through what they thought was the required hassle of going to party headquarters to take out memberships.
“It dims my chances,” Carvery says, and adds that that miscommunication won’t help the party win the battle for the hearts and minds of the local black community either, especially when there are reports both the Tories and Liberals may run African Nova Scotian candidates this time.
The party faithful will gather tonight (Sept 8) at 7 pm in the Dalhousie Student Union Building to vote on which of the three wannabe candidates—Carvery, Alexis MacDonald or Megan Leslie—will get to try to hold Alexa McDonough’s seat for the party.