B.C. Conservatives to select leader in September

British Columbia Conservative Party will hold a leadership convention on September

By Kamloops This Week

The British Columbia Conservative Party will hold a leadership convention on September 16 and Sept. 17 in Prince George.

Party president Ted Haraldson said interested candidates can contact him by email at president@bcconservative.ca.

Each potential candidate will be sent a candidate package containing an application and applicable rules and regulations.

The search for a new leader is due to the resignation in January of Kamloops resident Dan Brooks, who became Conservative leader in April 2014.

Brooks, who operates a fishing and hunting lodge in the Vanderhoof area, toured the province and vowed to rebuild the party’s infrastructure of membership lists and organization. He had been serving as a volunteer leader and said he needed to focus on family and business.

“My resignation opens a range of opportunities for the party to find new leadership, to reach out to potential premiers and ask them to come forward to take the helm of the B.C. Conservatives and transform our province,” Brooks said in January when announcing he was stepping down.

Under then-leader John Cummins, the B.C. Conservatives failed to elect any of the 56 candidates they fielded in the 2013 provincial election. The party garnered 4.8 per cent (85,783 votes) of the popular vote.