Liberals talk sharp in DC

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson says they are coming for John Horgan with a simple recipe - listening to British Columbians.

“It is very important for us as a party, or anyone wishing to govern, you have to realize this is a diverse and special place,” he said Wednesday.

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“You have to come to the communities.”

He said community consultation was not high in the NDP mandate.  

“When you dismiss people you get messes like this caribou issue. It was a 30 day, Mickey Mouse consultation. 20 percent of the entire population of Chetwynd showed up to this. That would be 135,000 people if we were in Vancouver. It demonstrates a complete and utter lack of insight,” he said.

MLA Mike Bernier said the issue brought racism riding, into the riding.

“This brought out a racism that has not been here before.”

Wilkinson said while caribou has been on the BC Liberal radar, it has been met with varying reviews.

“We spent 15 years on projects with mixed success. The decline is a problem, but NDP doing it without talking to people, John Horgan can’t just make the decision,” said Wilkinson. 

The government went to former Liberal MLA Blair Lekstrom to help mediate the caribou process and issue.

“The NDP has made a mess, (Blair) is going to clean it up. He’s a man of his own views and we will see what he has to say.”

When it comes to a provincial Conservative party, Wilkinson said British Columbians don’t have time for it.

“We have two strong Liberal MLAs, and people we talk to in FSJ dismissed (provincial Conservative leader) Trevor Bolin. They are focused on us beating John Horgan.” 

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