Christy Clark musters up one sitting MLA for B.C. Liberal leadership announcement
WhileGeorge Abbott and Kevin Falcon have each secured the support of at least 10 MLAs for their bids to become leader of the B.C. Liberal Party, former deputy premier Christy Clark had only one MLA present when she launched her own candidacy.
Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Harry Bloy was seen at the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business where Clark made her announcement today (December 8).
Also spotted was former Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt.
Answering questions from the media, Clark said that while caucus support is important, the campaign is about the thousands in the party’s membership rolls.
“I’m getting into the race late but certainly we’re focused on all the people out there who are going to cast their vote,” Clark said.
Clark also said that more sitting MLAs will be coming forward in the days ahead to endorse her bid.
From B.C. Liberal MLA John van Dongen’s perspective, the contest for the leadership of the ruling provincial party remains a “horse race”.
“I don’t believe there’s any clear leader in this race,” van Dongen told the Straight in a phone interview.
The Abbotsford representative, who is supporting the bid of Abbott, doesn’t believe that Clark and Falcon are the frontrunners.
“It’s anybody’s race right now,” van Dongen said.