B.C. Conservative officials are hoping that Christy Clark's victory in the B.C. Liberal leadership contest will give their party a boost as it heads into its own leadership race.
Shortly after the results of the B.C. Liberal leadership vote were announced this evening (February 26), the B.C. Conservative Party issued a press release attacking Clark as someone who "only wants to be Premier for the sake of being Premier" and ran a campaign "devoid of ideas, vision and policies".
"Christy Clark's election as Liberal leader marks the end of the B.C. Liberal Party as the brand under which free-enterprise voters can unite," Keith Roy, spokesperson for the B.C. Conservatives, said in the release. "For three straight elections, centre and centre-right voters were united behind the leadership of Premier Campbell. With Christy Clark as the new Liberal leader, this coalition is now over."
Roy also said that the "coalition is dead" and that "British Columbians who are looking for common sense government, greater accountability and more choice are welcome" to join the B.C. Conservatives.
On May 28, the B.C. Conservatives will hold their leadership convention.
The party has been leaderless since Wilf Hanni resigned in June 2009, citing infighting on the party’s board of directors.
It faces competition from the fledgling B.C. First Party, whose spokesperson is Fight HST lead organizer and former B.C. Conservative deputy leader Chris Delaney.
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