World News – CA – Shirley Bond Appointed Interim Leader, BC Liberals – NEWS 1130

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The British Columbia Liberals have elected Shirley Bond as the party’s interim leader.

The 28 Liberal members of the Legislature voted for Prince George-Valemount’s MLA to take on the role until a permanent replacement is elected after Andrew Wilkinson left as party chairman over the weekend.

New interim manager @bcliberals @shirleybond. Caucus charin @ Stephanie4BC. This comes after Leader @ Wilkinson4BC announced on Facebook over the weekend that he will be stepping down. #bcpoli @ NEWS1130 pic. Twitter. com / nQ91Dj4own

« I appreciate the trust my colleagues have shown in me as we work together to hold John Horgan and the NDP government accountable over the coming months, » Bond said in a press release. “I would like to thank Andrew Wilkinson for his service as leader over the past several years, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and our entire team of new and returning MLAs to present a positive vision for this province. ”

She added that it was her duty to ensure that all British Columbians are heard and that the Horgan NDP government is held accountable.

« In the days ahead, I will be meeting with Caucus members, appointing a leadership team, and assigning MLA Critic portfolios, » Bond said.

Congratulations @shirleybond on becoming the interim leader of the BC Liberals. As an MLA since 2001, she has an incredible amount of experience. I look forward to working with her in her role as opposition leader to support British Columbians through the pandemic and beyond.

Bond was first elected as the MLA for Prince George-Valemount in 2001. She has served as cabinet minister in various roles and was the first woman in B.. . C.. . to hold the position of Attorney General.

Two days after the Liberals were defeated in B. . C.. . In last month’s provincial election, Wilkinson announced that he would step down as party chairman. He initially said he would stay as chairman until the party chooses a new one, but completely resigned in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Throughout the election campaign, Wilkinson, the party and other candidates faced several controversies and ended up with 15 seats fewer than in the 2017 election.

Sexist comments by Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite were directed against an NDP candidate while a virtual roast surfaced and she eventually lost her seat. Thornthwaite criticized Wilkinson for how he handled the leaked video, saying he threw her under the bus during the ordeal.

Chilliwack Kent candidate Laurie Throness stepped down from the BC liberal caucus after controversial remarks about an NDP free contraception plan.

His leadership was later questioned by a longtime supporter and organizer who said Wilkinson did not represent party values.

In Wilkinson’s announcement over the weekend, he said it was time for the party to « rebuild and renew – and that starts with tough conversation and sincere reflection. ”

« New conversations are taking place about what is important to people now, » he wrote. “Things like access to housing that works for the different ways people live their lives. Affordable and efficient transportation and quality health care must be a priority for any future government. Equality and opportunity for all, as well as the protection of LGTBQ2S rights, must be an integral part of policies and plans across government as these are fundamental to the fairness and equality we all strive to achieve. ”

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British Columbian Liberal Party, Shirley Bond, Interim Chairman, Andrew Wilkinson, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Liberal Party of Canada, John Horgan, Prince George-Valemount

World News – CA. – Shirley Bond Appointed Interim Leader, BC Liberals – NEWS 1130

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