Support lining up for Stone's leadership bid

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 6, 2017 - 5:32pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 6:52am

KAMLOOPS — Support is building for Kamloops South-Thompson Liberal MLA Todd Stone who is poised to announce his bid for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

Earlier this week, Stone announced on Facebook he plans to make a 'special announcement' Tuesday night at TRU.

Stone is scheduled to address a rally in Surrey at 9:30 AM Monday morning, head to Victoria for a 2:00 PM event, then head back to Kamloops, where he'll address a rally at TRU's Campus Activity Centre at 6:00 PM. 

Former MLA and Cabinet Minister Kevin Krueger says Stone is the right age to be premier and is confident if he runs he will win the leadership race.

He adds it's time the party had a leader representing the Interior.

"We've had three premiers from Kelowna. There's this notion you need to be from the big city in order to be a leader. Actually most of British Columbia is not big city and the wealth of British Columbia doesn't come from big city areas."

Shuswap Liberal MLA Greg Kyllo and former Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender have also voiced their support for Stone.

Krueger says Stone elected premier would give the Interior a greater voice and ensure projects such as the expasion of the Trans-Canada Highway to Alberta are completed.

"It just gets you a whole lot more attention," said Krueger. "It's no accident Kelowna has the customs and big airport expansions. We've already got the highways, we've got the transportation minister, we got the guy who will make sure as premier that we get four lanes to the Alberta border as the Liberals promised."

Other candidates to put their names forward so far include current Liberal MLA's Mike Bernier, Andrew Wilkinson, Sam Sullivan, Mike de Jong, Michael Lee and former Surrey Mayor Diane Watts.

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