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Kevin Falcon officially joins the BC Liberal leadership race

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It has been B.C. politics’ worst saved secret: Kevin Falcon needs to be the following chief of the BC Liberal Party.

After almost a decade out of public life, the 58-year-old is formally trying to exchange Andrew Wilkinson because the get together’s chief.

“I’m not going to deal with .. who the frontrunner is, you guys can try this,” Falcon mentioned in an unique interview with World BC forward of his public announcement Monday night. “I’m going to deal with concepts. I feel concepts matter — large concepts matter.”

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Falcon was one of the distinguished faces of the Gordon Campbell period, serving as transportation minister and well being minister after first being elected in 2001.

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After Campbell give up, Falcon was the favorite to interchange him, however misplaced on the ultimate poll to Christy Clark.

He then served as deputy premier and finance minister in Clark’s cupboard, then left politics in 2012 and returned to the actual property funding trade as govt vice-president for Anthem Capital.

The principle inspiration for his return to politics are his two daughters, Josephine, 11, and Rose, 8.

“What has modified are three issues: I’m married and I’ve two daughters. I feel that change in perspective modifications me after I take into consideration the local weather and having a authorities targeted on outcomes. It’s not about how a lot you spend, it’s about outcomes,” Falcon mentioned.

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Former Surrey mayor and Conservative MP Dianne Watts is supporting his bid. She ran for the management place in 2018, however misplaced to Wilkinson.

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Falcon joins three others who’ve declared themselves as candidates for get together chief: MLAs Ellis Ross and Michael Lee and businessman Gavin Dew.

BC Liberal well being critic Renee Merrifield, former BC Chamber of Commerce CEO Val Litwin and social media commentator Aaron Gunn are nonetheless contemplating a bid.

Wilkinson gained the management in 2018, however resigned after guiding the get together to its worst efficiency since 1991.

Within the 2020 election, the Liberals misplaced 12 of their 22 seats in Metro Vancouver, together with in Richmond, Langley, Surrey and Abbotsford. Total, they gained simply 29 seats throughout the province.

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“I’ve deep roots, and having a pacesetter from Metro Vancouver goes to be essential this time. And I do know the areas. Particularly Surrey, which goes to be a battleground,” Falcon mentioned.

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The BC NDP has already come out on the assault, claiming Falcon would deliver again tax breaks for the richest British Columbians. In a information launch, the get together additionally talked about elevated MSP premiums, elevated BC Hydro and ICBC charges, and tolls on the Port Mann Bridge.

Falcon was instrumental is getting the Port Mann and the Canada Line/SkyTrain extension constructed.

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He mentioned his marketing campaign might be pushed by insurance policies on environmental management and inexpensive daycare.

“Did we do every thing proper? After all we didn’t, no authorities does. However I feel what’s necessary is to have the humility to acknowledge when issues don’t go properly and do issues higher,” he mentioned.

“When persons are actually speaking about you a large number, it means they’re a bit afraid.”

The Liberals are set to elect their subsequent chief on Feb. 5, 2022.

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