BC NDP Leadership: Dana Larsen Accepts Apology From Moe Sihota

CANNABIS CULTURE – Pot activist-turned-politician Dana Larsen, who threw his hat into the ring for the BC NDP Leadership this week, has accepted an apology from party President Moe Sihota for claiming he was ineligible to run.

“I’d like to thank Party President Moe Sihota for calling me and apologizing for his recent statements to the media,” Larsen said in a statement released today.

In a recent phone call, Sihota agreed he was wrong to say Dana Larsen was “ineligible” to run for the leadership.

First, Moe Sihota conceded that Larsen is currently a BC NDP member in good standing.

“Moe agreed that my most recent donation to the party was in November 2010, paid by credit card,” Larsen said. According to the BC NDP Constitution: “An individual member shall be in good standing for twelve months from the date of his/her last donation to the Party.

“Moe also agreed that my donation had been incorrectly processed by head office, and that this was more of a clerical error than a serious problem. And he also accepted that his comment was irrelevant, as under our party’s Constitution, even if someone was not currently a BC NDP member, that person would have until mid-January to join the party and still be eligible to run for leader.”

Second, Sihota agreed that he was factually incorrect when he told the media that Larsen “was deemed to be ineligible to run federally.”

Larsen was accepted as an NDP candidate in the 2008 federal election, and chose to resign of his own accord.

“I chose to step down as a candidate so as not to be a distraction to Jack Layton’s federal campaign,” Larsen said. “I took one for the team, but I was never deemed ineligible to run as a candidate. I’m glad Moe has agreed that he misunderstood what had actually happened at that time.”

“I am a longstanding, loyal and active member of the New Democratic Party, and my membership is up to date,” added Larsen. “I am glad that Moe Sihota has acknowledged that I am as eligible to run for the Leadership as any other member of our party.”

“I would also like to thank Mike Farnworth for coming out in support of my democratic right to run for the leadership,” concluded Larsen. “I appreciate his fair-minded comments to the press.”

BC civil rights lawyer and NDP member Kirk Tousaw explained that the BC NDP Constitution does not allow the Executive to ban a party member from running for Leader.

“The Party Constitution only states that candidates for positions like MP or MLA must be approved by the Executive. But candidates for the party leadership do not require the approval of the executive,” Tousaw said. “The Constitution only gives the executive the power to create ‘regulations’ for leadership candidates, such as the entry fee, the maximum amount a candidate can spend during their campaign, and so on. The executive does not have the power to bar members from running simply because they disagree with a candidate’s priorities or lifestyle. I have never heard of a BC NDP member being barred from running for Leader.”



  1. Anonymous on

    Its no wonder you embraced drug culture

  2. to 10 year old troll - on

    I despise you and all your cretinous type of buzzard boogers. Yer shet, so crawl back into yer toilet where ya belong.

  3. Anonymous on

    If you win you get the government you deserve’;
    if you vote for dana and the NDP and loses,
    you get the government somebody else deserves
    and all you get is stoned.. what else has changed for you? nothing

    stoners are reptiles in cold weather
    and this is winter

  4. mary james on

    you’d want to let that beer run through your system before posting friend, your ill informed and ignorant opinion just shows the mentality of the prohibitionists.
    paying attention at school would have been a good move too.

  5. Anonymous on

    stoner goofs make up crap as they go, & you deserve
    an out of touch NDP lead by stoner neer do well Mr Larsen
    to legitimize your pot drunkeness. Go ahead vote NDP
    chances of him winning a leadership race over [people who loathe him
    are a huge joke.. his Youtube videos show him to be n intoxicated clown
    endangering himself and others.. don’t give up your day job Larsen

  6. Anonymous on

    become an active member before Jan 16 and you can vote Dana in april. Just costs 1$

  7. Anonymous on

    One of the biggest problems with the BC NDP party is Mo Sihota – one of the back room boys that politics could do without. The party would be much better without him. Good luck to Dana.

  8. Riley on

    I wonder does the public get to vote on the leadership of NDP or is it just the members of the BCNDP Provincial Council. I would defiantly VOTE DANA. He is a compassionate member of society that genuinely cares about people, which is the opposite of most politicians. That is why hes getting all this red tape thrown at him. Shame on you Moe Sihota, even tho you apologized personally on the phone, you still needs to apologize publicly like your last statements to the media.

  9. Anonymous on

    Gov Agent is threatened by progress.

  10. Anonymous on

    now that he can run for emperor of BC, now what?
    even if he wins, he will still be on top at the bottom

    stick with what you know dana, and thats
    dope and anarchy