The worst kept secret in B.C.politics is now official – Todd Stone is seeking the BC Liberal leadership.
Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, and former transportation minister in the Christy Clark government, made the announcement Tuesday morning in Surrey.
He is the youngest of the declared candidates.
“Our party is craving a new generation of leadership with a fresh vision for British Columbia,” said Stone. “A new generation that works to help our families and communities prosper while at the same time recognizing that this is only possible by keeping taxes low and B.C.’s economy strong.”
Stone said families in the province need the government to work together to find solutions to make their lives better.
“Tackling affordability, building better connected communities, including rapid transit, are all central to the dialogue I’m looking forward to having with British Columbians over the coming months.”
Stone’s priorities for the province include a commitment to a major expansion of childcare and early childhood education, increasing supports for those caring for loved ones struggling with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, working to better assist those facing mental health challenges, and reclaiming our place as a climate leader to grow jobs and the economy while also protecting our environment.
Stone is the eighth person to declare an intention to run for the leadership, left vacant after Clark’s resignation.
Voting for a new leader will take place in February.
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