Provincial Liberal leadership candidate George Abbott puts some meat on the bones of one of his principle campaign commitments today. Last week, Mr. Abbott spoke about the importance "collaborative change" - making sure he listens and learns. Asked how he would institutionalize that commitment, the former education minister told reporters he wants to "build something to akin to - but hopefully more effective than - the government caucus committee structure that we had between 2001 and 2005. I've seen too many instances where legislation comes to the caucus prior to its introduction in the legislature and caucus members don't have as full an understanding of what's being proposed as would be advisable."
During the same scrum, Mr. Abbott said the fact he was from "small town British Columbia" but had "lived in urban environments as well" was the principal difference between himself and the other candidates in the race to succeed Gordon Campbell. And he also confronted questions about what role he may have played in the controversial changes that have been made to the way British Columbia's approves drugs for PharmaCare coverage.