One of the six people campaigning to become the next leader of the BC Liberals is telling people in Cranbrook why he’s the right person for the job.
Vancouver – Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson spoke to local voters in the Key City Sunday and Monday.
As the party looks to revamp itself, Wilkinson suggests he brings a very broad understanding of BC to the job.
He says he grew up in Kamloops, lived and work in Dease Lake, Lillooet and Campbell River.
Wilkinson believes that gives him a scope of understanding of British Columbia, adding he’s a decisive and direct person who has had experience in government and private professions that have taken all across the province.
How does he plan to better the lives of East Kootenay residents?
We asked Wilkinson that question and he replied travelling BC, he’s realized things like healthcare need to be available in the right place, at the right time.
He credits former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett and Interior Health for improvements to the region – such as bringing five internal medicine specialists to the riding.
But Wilkinson says they need make sure services are in place and ensure the economic climate is right so rural communities can prosper and continue to develop.
He talked to residents about education, ranching and the Agriculture Land Reserve, wildlife management and grizzly bear hunting.
Wilkinson admittedly told those in attendance, unlike some other Liberals, he would like to see more wildlife management across the province.
He wouldn’t comment on whether or not he would support translocation as a viable option for East Kootenay communities dealing with urban deer populations.
Wilkinson suggested any change to wildlife manangement in BC should be based on quality research.
Results from a translocation pilot project involving Elkford, Kimberley, Cranbrook and Invermere are expected by year’s end.
Members of the BC Liberal party will vote on a new leader Feb. 1-3.Former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett is co-chairing Wilkinson’s campaign.
– BC Liberal leader candidate Andrew Wilkinson