Some Vancouver-Kingsway residents have resigned from the B.C. Conservative Party and are endorsing B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix as their choice for MLA in next year’s election.
That may strike B.C. Conservative Leader John Cummins as extremely ironic. After all, when he was a federal Conservative MP, Cummins voted for the B.C. NDP candidate for Delta North in the 2009 election.
“With our board falling apart and everybody resigning, we believe that Adrian Dix is probably the best candidate,” Milan Kljajic told the Straight in a phone interview.
Until he cancelled his party membership following Cummins’s refusal to step down as leader, Kljajic was the president of the Vancouver-Kingsway constituency association of the B.C. Conservative Party. He said that other community members have resigned from the party as well.
“We had a barbecue on the weekend for our members from our Vancouver-Kingsway constituency, and for this election coming up, we are going to endorse Adrian Dix,” Kljajic said.
But that’s as far as it goes. “We’re not saying that we’re endorsing him as the next premier. We’re just endorsing him as the MLA to represent Vancouver-Kingsway.”
Kljajic also claimed that more trouble is headed the way of the B.C. Conservative Party. According to him, more constituency association presidents could desert the party, taking a number of members along with them. “I heard 25 or 26 CA presidents are to the point where they are considering cancelling their memberships and walking away from the party,” he said.
Poll results released by Angus Reid on October 12 show that the B.C. Conservatives are losing steam. However, the other party on the right, the B.C. Liberal Party, is not gaining much in the polls despite the mutiny that has rocked the B.C. Conservatives.
B.C. Conservative president Al Siebring acknowledged that there has been a “deceleration” in his party’s momentum.
“As a party, we want to focus on the kinds of things that we want to put forward to British Columbians in the next election campaign: fiscal accountability, common sense, rules on government spending,” Siebring told the Straight by phone.
A broadcaster, Siebring said he doesn’t blame the media for focusing on the party’s internal strife. “But I mean, we have been taken off message by some of this other stuff going on,” he said. “It’s not our intent to be taken off message.”