My Plan To Broaden Our Appeal

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My name is Michael Lee. I’m the son of immigrants, a dedicated father and husband, and a proud BC Liberal. I have spent my career working to create solutions in communities, including working with youth-at-risk, social service and family organizations.

These are some of my ideas to broaden the appeal of our party. They could have easily been incorporated into our pre-election platform, and still have enabled us to pay down $1.9 billion in debt. But this isn’t the final word. Because our party isn’t a one-person show.

My intention is to incorporate this along with great ideas from our other candidates, our caucus and our party to develop a future Campaign Platform that will truly broaden our appeal across the province and convince British Columbians that we’re the best choice.

During this leadership campaign, my objective has been to:

     Provide a fresh perspective

     Bring a balanced approach to our party and province

     View all policy through the lens of affordability

     Broaden our party’s appeal to win the next election

I believe we need to approach politics in a new way. We need to get past false choices between the economy, the environment, social programs, infrastructure. We need them all. We can’t pick and choose.

They are all interconnected.

And we need to stop pretending hidden and extra fees and charges don't affect people, and stop thinking in terms of right and left, urban and rural. 

That’s why we need to broaden our appeal as a party – not just to win the next election, but to build a party where all British Columbians see a reflection of themselves and their values. A party that articulates the unique way British Columbians see the world.

To me, that means being inclusive. It means being open and welcoming. It means reaching out to all British Columbians, from the newest arrivals, to First Nations.

As a party and as a province, we can’t let ourselves be divided. To succeed as a province, we need to work together.

I hope you’ll join me.

Michael Lee 

About Michael

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.


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