Vancouver — The new leader of British Columbia liberals says he’s heading to Victoria with a promise to rebuild the party and attract voters while looking for his seat in Congress.
Party members admit that Kevin Falcon is doing a major renewal job in the future as the Liberal Party has lost two consecutive elections after taking power for 16 years. Falcon has been the party’s third leader since 2017.
He will replace Andrew Wilkinson, who resigned when the New Democratic Party was voted by a majority of governments shortly after the October 2020 election.
Party members have chosen a new leader in online and televoting that began last Thursday. The system gave points to seven candidates based on how those votes were cast.
Falcon won the fifth vote on Saturday, earning just over 52% of the points available. This was a leading candidate, sometimes a difficult leadership race, recognizing that the former Prime Minister was facing an attack from the enemy.
Former Cabinet Minister Mary Pollack said rebuilding the party on Sunday would be Falcon’s top priority, but it would pose difficulties for opposition leaders, especially if there were no parliamentary seats.
She said Falcon’s victory margin and his lead from start to finish show him widespread support among party members, giving him some additional strength.
“It’s one of the jobs for new leaders to bring everyone together on the same page,” says Polak. “It’s always more difficult for opposition leaders because they don’t often have to work together on tools that can reward loyalty.”
Liberal Party and voters haven’t had a leader to rally since the 2020 elections, despite the good work of interim leader Shirley Bond in Congress since Wilkinson’s resignation, Paulack said. rice field.
“It has a big impact on how visible the party is and how much their message comes out,” she said.
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will begin sitting in a speech from the throne on Tuesday.
Falcon said in a statement late Saturday that he would immediately look for a seat in the legislature and discuss the possibility of running for 28 caucuses.
“As soon as the seat becomes available, I ask (Prime Minister) John Horgan to call the by-elections as soon as possible,” he said.
Falcon held a seat in Sally for three terms before deciding not to run for the 2013 elections.
Falcon, 59, said he left politics to spend more time with his young family. He has worked in the private sector at an investment and real estate development company in Vancouver.
After being first elected in 2001, he held numerous portfolios in the Cabinet, including transportation, health, finance and deputy prime minister. Falcon finished second in the 2011 Leadership Contest, losing to Christie Clark, who was prime minister until the party lost power.
Falcon said at his first press conference as a leader late Saturday that he focused on past liberal achievements and that the former liberal government he attended had made significant environmental, financial and infrastructure achievements.
“The grass didn’t dry under our feet,” he said. “We’ve done great things, but I don’t think it’s happening now. I think the public wants to help people and leaders who aren’t afraid to get big things done. . “
Falcon said he would attend Congress as much as possible, despite the lack of seats, but would travel to the state.
“I’m going to speak openly to the public. I want them to understand how much I care about this state and our future. It will take time,” he said. “I think it will take at least a few years before people actually start saying,’Hey, what you know, I like what he’s talking about.’ “
BC Liberal is not affiliated with the Liberal Party and calls itself the “BC Free Enterprise Alliance”.
Mike Bernier, a liberal member of Dawson Creek’s Parliament, believes he has the experience and skills to unite BC’s urban and local voters, as well as their conservatives and liberal supporters. He said he was one of the 12 members of the caucuses who supported him.
“I’m the farthest MLA from Vancouver, but I still support Kevin because I knew I needed someone who wasn’t just capable of winning the local seats we had already won. “I did,” said Bernier. “We need to regain the trust of the public and voters, and that’s not just in our pockets, but across BC.”
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