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To restore trust with British Columbians we need to take bold steps. This will be my priority. I am making the following commitments to the people of BC to restore trust once again. I commit to:
Lead with Integrity - I will make responsible decisions with taxpayer dollars and be transparent and accountable. I will not bend rules or be beholden to special interests.
Truly Listen - I will create real partnerships and respond to communities by going beyond surface level engagement.
Unite the Party - I will respect and work with people who have different points of view.
"I am running to lead the rebuild of the BC Liberal party," said Lee, who finished a close third during the 2018 leadership race. "This time, what is so important is we need to restore trust with members of our party, supporters, donors, and British Columbians. I believe we have lost trust as a party with British Columbians and, fundamentally, in order for British Columbians to have confidence and faith in us again, we need to work on that."
British Columbians have the right to their own views, but the BC Liberal Party has a responsibility to ensure that it doesn't give a platform to individuals that are promoting intolerant perspectives that don't represent our party's inclusive values.
You need to win back the confidence and the trust of party members to win the leadership and then you broaden the appeal of the party, in terms of hopefully people recognizing what you stand for. I have put out, and it’s on my website — I guess now two-and-a-half weeks ago — I spoke at the launch about the values that we need to rebuild our party around. I put out five core values: accountability, compassion, community, integrity and inclusivity. And I believe those are five core values that our party needs to speak to. Certainly, those are the values that I would adhere to, so when people know my approach to leadership, as you say, they will have a better sense as to what I’m anchored on. I think that values based leadership is what we need — not just to lead our party, but to help navigate the challenges that we have in front of us.
Michael Lee is a BC Liberal Party leadership candidate and the MLA for Vancouver-Langara. Before entering politics, Michael was a prominent business lawyer in Vancouver, where he worked for 20 years with forestry, mining, energy, and technology companies across BC. He also has a strong record of community service for over 30 years, including with social service, educational, and children and youth organizations. A son of immigrants, Michael was born and raised in Vancouver. He and his wife Christina have three young adult children.