The leader of the Opposition’s political party just might concede defeat and take the leadership herself after announcing this morning that it is contemplating holding an early election.

“There are certain actions that we’ll be taking, such as the abolition of tax credits, and the abolition of Jobseeker’s Allowance, so we’ve been exploring those options.”

That confirmed something longtime supporters had suspected.

Kevin Conolly, the veteran MLA and member of the caucus, already has announced he will step down as MLA and caucus leader to run for the leadership of the Opposition. That would be November’s election.

Jack Daniel Palmer, the former B.C. Reform MLA who until recently had been the Opposition leader’s deputy, didn’t have much of a say. But he can’t be a silent observer.

“I think that it’s only fair that we’ve had the opportunity to come to some conclusion and take a hard look at this issue,” he said when asked if he’d stepped down if not broken by the announcement.

He accepted the decision if the party decided against proceeding, but said his plan is to serve out the remainder of Conolly’s term if she steps down.

She just had a nine-month period to prove she was the right person to lead the party to victory in the next election. And the document of evidence that she needed a free hand to get back to power, was carefully laid out by the Liberals and worked out from a series of leaked emails seen by NPA staffers and written by some within the party.