Electoral reform advocate backing Abbott

Former Social Credit MLA Nick Loenen, the founder of Fair Voting BC, is supporting George Abbott's bid for the provincial Liberal leadership. In an email sent to friends and colleagues, Mr. Loenen - who advocated in favour the single-transferable vote system during the 2005 and 2009 referendums on electoral reform - writes that Mr. Abbott has the "experience and proven performance" necessary to be be premier. Earlier this week, Mr. Abbott rolled out an 18-point planfor improving government decision-making. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Loenen's email, which was obtained by Public Eye.

From: Nick Loenen
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011
To: Nick Loenen
Subject: Be a good citizens

Good Morning!

As you know, British Columbians have a rare opportunity to help select the next premier. Take out a membership in the BC Liberal party, now!

Jayne and I did to support George Abbott. Abbott has a proven record of delivering good government.

In cabinet for ten years he served with distinction senior ministries, such as Health.

George Abbott is moderate, uniting, not dividing.

Kevin Falcon is too polarizing. Already he has picked a fight with teachers.

Christy Clark can talk, but can she govern?

We need experience and proven performance. George Abbott is it.

Nick Loenen

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