VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Vancouver MLA is promising to be less secretive than his predecessor, in his bid to succeed Christy Clark as the leader of the BC Liberals.
Andrew Wilkinson‘s supporters for leader include fellow high-profile MLAs Mary Polak, Mike Morris, and Michelle Stilwell.
Wilkinson says he’s the most experienced candidate qualified to govern all of BC because he’s lived and worked all over the province.
He’s also promising to be more transparent, saying he doesn’t understand why many reports put together for the former Liberal government were not immediately shared with the public.
He says he can’t specifically talk about last week’s shocking release of a document suggesting millions of dollars may have been laundered by several VIP foreigners at Richmond’s River Rock Casino because he hasn’t seen yet the document.
“I am running because I believe it’s time for a leader who will address the needs of all parts of British Columbia,” said Wilkinson in a news release.
“It’s time we started listening again. And it’s time to ensure every British Columbian gets a fair chance at success. We do that by creating safe and healthy communities, providing the best education system in the world, and ensuring B.C. is affordable and livable for our kids and grandkids.”
Wilkinson, a two-term MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena is a former doctor and lawyer.
He joins former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, who have both announced their candidacy. Former Education Minister Mike Bernier has also announced his bid to run. Michael Lee, the MLA representing Vancouver-Langara, is expected to do so on Tuesday.