Mayne joins Abbott’s bid for leadership

Shuswap MLA George Abbott welcomes former Parksville mayor Ed Mayne to his campaign

VICTORIA – Former Parksville mayor Ed Mayne abandoned his long-shot bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership Thursday, following Vancouver-Langara MLA Moira Stilwell to endorse George Abbott.

A late entry into the contest and a political unknown outside his home town, Mayne said he understood from the beginning he didn’t have the money or organization to win the top job.

“We knew first off that we wouldn’t have the depth of pockets necessary to get our message out,” Mayne said. “We couldn’t hire the public relations firms and the media people that are necessary to do this, so we did the best we could with what we had.”

Abbott, Stilwell and other MLAs supporting the Abbott campaign offered Mayne a warm welcome. Mayne said he is interested in seeking a B.C. Liberal nomination for the next election, and his increased profile should help him.

The Parksville-Qualicum seat is currently held by B.C. Liberal Ron Cantelon.

Mayne described Abbott as “a fellow small-town guy” who offers the best chance for the B.C. Liberals to remain united and win the next election scheduled for 2013.

Abbott said he values Mayne’s business experience as a former vice-president of Tim Hortons restaurants, and Mayne’s campaign commitment to address poverty.

The withdrawal of Mayne and Stilwell leaves four candidates in the race to succeed Premier Gordon Campbell: Abbott, Kevin Falcon, Mike de Jong and Christy Clark.

Nearly 90,000 party members will vote by phone and Internet on Feb. 26, with the winner sworn in as premier in early March.

Just Posted

Incumbents and acclaimed mayors win elections all across B.C.’s north

Fraser Lake saw their first female mayor elected

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Ocean “Blob” returns to North Coast of B.C.

A 2,000 kilometre patch of warm ocean water could signal a warm winter in Prince Rupert

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Most Read