Former B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong enters Liberal leadership race

By Global News
September 26, 2017 - 6:35am

VANCOUVER — A former B.C. finance minister is joining the race to lead the BC Liberal Party.

Veteran MLA Mike de Jong is the latest entrant, joining a field of five confirmed candidates as of Monday night.

Despite the loss in the last election, de Jong said he’s proud of the formerly-governing party’s record.

But he also realizes that there’s work ahead, like “re-earn[ing] the right and the trust of British Columbians because it’s not going to happen automatically and that’s the task of this party.”

So far, he’s up against existing candidates Andrew Wilkinson, Mike Bernier, Lucy Sager, Sam Sullivan and Dianne Watts who’ve confirmed their candidacy.

MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson Todd Stone and MLA Vancouver-Langara Michael Lee are also suspected to enter the race.

The BC Liberals will vote for their new leader online and via telephone from Feb. 1 to 3.

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