MLA Sam Sullivan first to announce bid to become leader of BC Liberals

By Doug Collins/The Canadian Press
September 22, 2017 - 5:35am

VANCOUVER — British Columbia MLA Sam Sullivan has become the first person to announce plans to run for the leadership of the province’s Liberal party, and others are expected to be lining up soon.

Sullivan, a former Vancouver mayor who was first elected to the legislature in 2012, says in a news release Thursday he had formally filed his application for the party’s leadership race and vows to bring more urban and youth support to the party.

Leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party became vacant in August when former premier Christy Clark resigned from politics.

MP Dianne Watts, the former Mayor of Surrey, has an announcement scheduled for Sunday, and MLA Andrew Wilkinson may announce on Monday.

The party says the first of six leadership debates will be held on Oct. 15, and voting will take place in February.

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