The former MLA for Kootenay East believes the best person to unite the BC Liberals won the party leadership.
Bill Bennett says the leadership election this weekend in Vancouver was a “nail-bitter” as Andrew Wilkinson trailed in the polls the entire night until the fifth ballot.
However, Wilkinson would emerge triumphant defeating the five other candidate to be named the head of the Official Opposition.
Bennett, who co-chaired Wilkinson’s campaign, says the Vancouver – Quilchena MLA can pull a divided Liberal party together and appeal to a broad scope of British Columbians in both urban and rural parts of the province.
Wilkinson was the only candidate to talk about wildlife management according to Bennett.
Bennett previously said the BC Liberals lost their capacity to listen before losing the May 2017 BC Election.
Declaring his faith in Wilkinson from the start, Bennett says it was a tough and sometimes dirty race but they party is now in the best position to move forward.
Bennett, who represented Kootenay – East for 16 years, says one of Wilkinson’s first priorities should be challenging the NDP on voting reform, suggesting if BC goes to proportional representation rural BC will lose its voice in Victoria.
– Former Kootenay-East MLA Bill Bennett