NDP government fires Gordon Wilson as province's Buy B.C. LNG advocate

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      One of Christy Clark's most vocal supporters in the 2013 election campaign has received his walking papers from the new NDP government.

      Gordon Wilson was appointed in October 2013 as the Buy B.C. LNG ambassador by the B.C. Liberal government. This came after a high-profile pre-election endorsement of Clark.

      Wilson was a former leader of the B.C. Liberals who later created his own party, the Progressive Democratic Alliance. He later joined the NDP caucus and was appointed to cabinet by then premier Glen Clark.

      In 2000, Wilson lost the NDP leadership race to Ujjal Dosanjh, who became premier, and ended his career as an NDP MLA in 2001.

      Wilson's party switches in the 1990s earned him the nickname "Flip Wilson".

      Prior to the 2013 election, Wilson described the NDP as "old and tired and bent and busted" in an interview with the Georgia Straight.

      In the video below, he explained why he preferred Clark over her 2013 rival, the NDP's Adrian Dix.

      Watch this video of Gordon Wilson's endorsement of Christy Clark in 2013.

      According to Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston, Wilson was paid more than $550,000 by the Christy Clark government.

      Yet Ralston claimed that his staff has been "unable to locate any reports written by him", according to an article in the Times Colonist.

      Wilson's wife, former B.C. Liberal MLA Judi Tyabji, wrote a flattering 2016 biography of Clark called Behind the Smile.

      Judi Tyabji's Behind the Smile was published last year.

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