Gratitude is the memory of the heart and on behalf of Premier Christy Clark and myself, I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, those of you who shared our vision for the prosperous and exciting future British Columbia so deserves.
Throughout the campaign, no matter where we went in Columbia River-Revelstoke (CRR), we met people who were excited about the direction the province was going and had confidence in the government that was leading. We found thousands of supporters who, by casting their votes, spoke clearly that they had no interest in the platform that the NDP were campaigning on. In fact, 51.7 per cent of the 13,393 people who cast their CRR ballots did not cast them in favour of NDP Norm Macdonald; he won the majority of party votes but not the majority of the voters.
I was humbled by the outpouring of support our party and my team were given by the people of CRR as was witnessed by the countless volunteers who gave their time manning our campaign offices and spending time on the phones or attending events, by the sign crews whose efforts were second-to-none, to the many who offered money and the hundreds of people we met at the door who invited us in for beverages and food and put their faith in what we together believed. Each of you is what making a difference looks like and you contributed to the overall BC Liberal election victory. Thank you so much!
I want to tell each and every one of you that we are not going away and the free enterprise foundation that you helped build here in CRR will continue to get stronger through the ongoing efforts that will be made through the CRR BC Liberal Riding Association.
When I called Norm Macdonald on election night and congratulated him, I also told him that we would be watching him closely and holding him accountable.
Judging from his latest MLA Report, it would seem that he has learned nothing from what people said during the campaign. He has returned to his old anti-BC Liberal accusatory and combative rhetoric a rhetoric that will not produce any measurable results yet again, and will earn him no quarter with government.
It is my hope that Mr. Macdonald will come to realize that it is not only the NDP voter, unions or special interest groups that he represents, but all voters, and begins to act in accordance knowing that since the beginning of recorded history no one has ever erected a statue to a critic.