Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier campaigns in Comox. (Facebook)

B.C. Liberals gear up leadership campaigns

Wilkinson, de Jong, Bernier, Watts on the road

With the B.C. legislature on a post-Thanksgiving break, B.C. Liberal leadership candidates are gearing up their efforts to sign up new members and convince party veterans they’re the best choice to replace Christy Clark.

Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson announced his campaign co-chairs Tuesday, former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett and lawyer Shannon Rogers, president of international technology company Global Relay.

In a contest of digital and traditional campaigning, Bennett announced his endorsement in a Facebook video, stressing Wilkinson’s experience and appeal in rural B.C. As Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone kicks off with a three-city tour, others are reaching out to party members.

Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong started his outreach with a Facebook and telephone town hall that his campaign said reached 7,300 B.C. Liberal Party members.

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is touring northern B.C. on Highway 16, with stops in Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, New Hazelton, Smithers, Houston, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof Tuesday and Wednesday.

Former Surrey mayor and Conservative MP Dianne Watts began October with a Vancouver Island swing through Duncan and Ladysmith, promoting ideas such as sharing taxes raised from legalized marijuana sales go to municipalities.


@tomfletcherbc
tfletcher@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

“Does Kirby care?” Heiltsuk Nation using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

“No excuse” for killing of two young grizzly cubs

Reader hopeful someone will come forward with information

UPDATE: U.S. firm fined $2.9M for fuel spill that soiled B.C. First Nation territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

No delivery services hard on local families

New parents Candace Knudsen and Bjorn Samuelsen spent five weeks away from home

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read