VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The leader of the BC Conservatives will be leaning on a couple of high profile, right-of-centre politicians heading into next year’s election.

Longtime Abbotsford-area MP Randy White and former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Peckford will co-chair the newly formed Issues Management Party.

Party boss John Cummins says they both bring a lot of experience to the table.

“Randy, as you know, spent years in Ottawa as a federal MP,” Cummins says.  “He was house leader, he was whip and he held a number of senior positions.  He certainly brings a good political sense to the party.”

White and Peckford now both live on Vancouver Island.

“Brian has an encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian politics,” Cummins says.  “He has a good sense of what it takes to be successful in the business community and we’re delighted to have these two gentlemen working with us.”

The moves come as Premier Christy Clark tries to appeal to Conservative voters before British Columbians head to the polls in May.

Recent polls show the Conservatives and BC Liberals competing for second place, well behind the BC NDP.

Cummins plans on running a candidate in every riding, but isn’t spilling the beans on who those candidates will be.

“Every nominee is sort of contesting the nomination and if I name anybody, it’s going to be seen as favouritism,” Cummins says.

He also hasn’t decided which riding he’ll run in.

Longtime Richmond businessman Lambert Leung has been named acting campaign manager.