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VANCOUVER – Four former BC Liberal candidates from key battleground ridings say Michael Lee’s message about broadening their party’s appeal would mean the difference in the next election.
Together, Suzanne Anton, Jim Benninger, Alex Dutton, and Puneet Sandhar represent three ridings that were lost in 2017, and all four since 2013 – more than the difference between a stable majority BC Liberal government and being relegated to opposition.
“It's very simple: with Michael Lee, the BC Liberal Party will grow,” says Jim Benninger, who lost in Courtenay-Comox by less than 200 votes. “His message about the need to broaden our appeal would have meant the difference in my riding. If he’s the leader, I have no doubt we’ll take back Courtenay-Comox.”
“Michael Lee is the leader who can reconnect with the British Columbians who felt that somehow, somewhere along the way, BC Liberals stopped listening to them,” says Puneet Sandhar, who ran in Surrey-Panorama. “It’s not just about electing the leader of this party – it’s about shaping the future of this province.”
“We can’t keep pretending that we don’t have work to do in the Lower Mainland, and with younger voters,” says Suzanne Anton, who lost her seat in Vancouver-Fraserview. “Michael understands we need to build on our strong, established track record of growing the economy, and expand our coalition.”
“We can’t keep going with the same one-dimensional strategy,” says Alex Dutton, who ran in Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “Fiscal discipline is a core value of our party, but we need to show that we’re more than just that. We need to recognize that voters are looking for a leader who understands their concerns. Michael Lee is that leader.”
Instead of backroom deals that treat voters as commodities to be haggled over, Michael Lee has focused on meeting British Columbians across the province. His focus on broadening the party’s appeal has struck a chord, as his campaign has sold almost as many new party memberships as the other five candidates combined.
Registered BC Liberal voters can vote online February 1st through 3rd. For more information, or help registering, visit https://www.bcliberals.com/leadership/
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Michael Lee is 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 as well as 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.