Candidates graceful in defeat

Kevin Falcon speaks to reporters in Vancouver after finishing second in the B.C. Liberal leadership vote Saturday evening.

Christy Clark’s three rivals put aside the disagreements of the leadership campaign Saturday evening and vowed to work together to carry on the B.C. Liberal government’s work.Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon finished a close second to Clark on the third and final ballot, but enough of Shuswap MLA George Abbott’s support went to Clark to give her the win.One of the disagreements Falcon had with Clark was whether the party should dispense with the scheduled election date of May 2013 and have an early vote to give the new leader a fresh mandate.”I’m sure that Christy will talk to all of us in the caucus before she makes any final decisions around that,” Falcon said after the vote. “There are opportunities for by-elections [for Clark to run for a seat]. I’m sure Christy will look at all of those, and I’m sure she’ll ask for advice and counsel from other MLAs like myself. And I’ll be there providing it, and I’ll be supporting her.”Clark echoed those comments when speaking to reporters after the vote, saying a quick election was not her top priority and she needs to discuss options with the caucus first.

Abbott was asked why more of his supporters didn’t go to Falcon when he was dropped off the ballot after the second round of counting.”B.C. Liberals are very independent minded people, and all I ever said was, you know, on a balance between Kevin and Christy, I was going to vote for Kevin,” Abbott said. “But I know for example, my wife had a different view, and I’m sure that many of my other supporters had a different view.”Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong finished fourth, but he was philosophical.”Winning’s always your objective, but look at what happened here tonight,” de Jong said. “We’ve got a great new leader, a talented woman who’s going to lead us to the next election, and I believe lead us united and lead us successfully.”

Just Posted

Emergency notifications coming to the Alberni Valley

ACRD will expand the ‘Connect Rocket’ community alert system

Organizations helping Alberni’s marginalized feel the pinch

Operational demands, wage hike put hole in Bread of Life budget

Port Alberni votes to change way council pay is increased

New way will focus on Consumer Price Index, future councils

Port Alberni’s Salvation Army kettle campaign needs help

Dec. 15 is matching day at Walmart kettle

‘Ghost bikes’ installed to remember teen cyclists who died in Port Alberni

Cycle Alberni installs memorials to remember teens, remind all about road safety

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

GoFundMe helps Vancouver Island teen battle a rare cancer

Nanaimo’s Michelle Reilly, 16, battling spinal cord cancer, seeking possible treatment in U.S.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Rescued B.C. cat with misshapen legs in need of forever home – with carpet

Mirielle was born with misshapen back legs and after a tough life on the streets, is looking for a forever home.

Most Read