MLA Shirley Bond Installed As Interim BC Liberal Leader As Party Rebuilds

VANCOUVER – Former BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, who led the party to one of their worst showings in BC, left the party in tatters and resigned early, leading to former minister and current MLA to be installed as an interim leader.

BC Liberal Caucus elected Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond as the Official Opposition’s interim leader until a leadership contest can be held.

“I appreciate the confidence and trust my colleagues have placed in me as we work together to hold John Horgan and the NDP government to account in the coming months,” said Bond. “I want to thank Andrew Wilkinson for his service as leader over the past several years and I look forward to continuing to work with him and our entire team of new and returning MLAs to present a positive vision for this province.”

The BC Liberal Caucus also appointed Stephanie Cadieux as their new Caucus Chair.

“As the Interim Leader of the Official Opposition, it’s now my duty to ensure that the voices of British Columbians from all across the province are heard by John Horgan and his NDP government. We will hold them to account for the decisions that impact us all,” added Bond. “In the coming days, I’ll be meeting with caucus members, appointing a leadership team, and assigning MLA critic portfolios. We have an excellent team of MLAs ready to get to work on behalf of their constituents and all British Columbians. We look forward to having the opportunity to return to the Legislature as soon as that is possible.”

The BC Liberal MLAs were officially sworn in on November 27 and the BC Legislature is currently scheduled to return for a brief legislative session starting on December 7.

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