Supporters, including Doug Clovechok, celebrate Andrew Wilkinson’s victory on Saturday night in Vancouver.

Clovechok backed winner in BC Liberal party leadership race

MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke excited for next provincial election with Wilkinson at helm

Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok is thrilled Andrew Wilkinson won the provincial Liberal leadership race.

Mr. Clovechok put his support behind Mr. Wilkinson, Vancouver-Quilchena MLA, during the candidacy race.

“I did my research first, and spent a bunch of time with all the candidates. In the end it was Andrew I thought he best represented the values of the BC liberal party,” Mr. Clovechok said Monday morning.

He describes Mr. Wilkinson as perhaps the smartest man he has ever met, with new ideas and a strong platform.

“I’m a fiscal conservative, as he is. I strongly believe we can’t spend our kids into debt in the future,” said Mr. Clovechok. “Also, Andrew has a lot of great ideas around social responsibility … We need good jobs, we need a strong economy, and those are part of being the fiscal responsible people we are. But there’s also a social aspect and Andrew really has that.”

Mr. Wilkinson was through the riding several times during the candidacy period to meet with Liberal party members. Mr. Clovechok asked him directly why he wanted to be the leader of the BC Liberal party.

“He paused, I would say for three or four minutes, which impressed me because he didn’t have a canned answer,” Mr. Clovechok described “He said ‘British Columbia has been so good to my family and so good to me. I’ve had success because British Columbia has been like that. As the leader I want to make sure I can do everything possible so all British Columbians can have the success I have’.”

While he had studied the platforms of all the leadership candidates, that is when Mr. Clovechok knew he wanted Mr. Wilkinson as the new Liberal party leader.

Mr. Clovechok was there Saturday night in Vancouver when, after the fifth ballot, Mr. Wilkinson finally came out on top and the room erupted in cheers.

“I’ve got to congratulate all the candidates. We had six incredibly talented candidates, so that’s a nice problem to have; I think it speaks to the party,” Mr. Clovechok remarked, adding the momentum shift on Saturday night was evident. “My prediction is that whenever that next provincial election comes, you’ll be seeing Andrew Wilkinson as the next premier of the province of British Columbia.”

Mr. Wilkinson grew up in Kamloops, and graduated from both medical and law school. He became a physician and a lawyer. In 2013, he was elected as MLA and served in several cabinet positions, including Advanced Education and Attorney General & Minister of Justice. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, and Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

He has also served as president of the BC Civil Liberties Association, president of the BC Mountaineering Club, and president of the BC Liberal Party.

The B.C. Liberal party was left without a leader when former premier Christy Clark resigned in August, 2017, 10 days after B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan was sworn in as B.C.’s premier.

Just Posted

Regional District Monitoring Flood Conditions as Melt Continues

High Streamflow Advisory Flood Watch for Kootenays

United Dance gets sets to Hallelujah

Show at DTSS gym this Friday, May 25th at 7 p.m.

Happy hearts with Heart of Rockies transition

After 36 years, a new race director will be at the helm this year

CastleRock focused on fire safety with FireSmart designation

Public event Saturday, May 19th focused on fire safety

From India to Invermere

Students arrive for hospitality program

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Canada’s G7 goal on development: luring private capital to poor nations

G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week

Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign

Canadians stranded in Cuba after plane crash returning home

Montreal-based travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home

As summit looms, North Korean media return to angry tone

North Korean media are stepping up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States

Maple Leafs lose another executive after parting ways with assistant GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs say club and assistant general manager Mark Hunter have mutually agreed to part ways.

Rachel Notley to skip premiers conference to focus on pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives assurances

B.C. tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce research and development partnership.

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Most Read