A few high-profile supporters came out on Wednesday night (January 5) to help Christy Clark rally her troops for the B.C. Liberal leadership race.
Magazine publisher Peter Legge and condo marketer Bob Rennie joined former news anchor Pamela Martin at Clark’s campaign kick-off rally at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre.
Around a couple hundred people showed up and were encouraged to sign up as many new B.C. Liberal Party members as possible ahead of the February 4 deadline.
Legge—the chair and CEO of Canada Wide Media, which publishes BCBusiness and GardenWise—praised Clark for recently visiting his company’s offices and speaking to his staff.
They were even able to sign up some new party members, Legge said.
Rennie, founder of Rennie Marketing Systems, told the crowd that Gordon Campbell was a great premier, but that the province needs a new leader for today’s economy.
According to Rennie, there is “no alternative” to Clark.
Martin noted that she was a journalist until “10 days ago”.
Now that she is no longer in the news media, Martin said she is free to endorse her friend Clark, serve her campaign as its membership chair, and get involved in the political process.
Clark joked that Martin was there to make her “look fat”, before telling supporters that her campaign’s success will depend on them enlisting new party members.
The B.C. Liberals will pick their new leader—and the province’s next premier—on February 26.
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