Ex-BC Conservative spokesperson endorses Falcon

Former provincial Conservative spokesperson Merv Unger is now endorsing Kevin Falcon's leadership bid. In an email sent to "fellow" Liberals and obtained by Public Eye, Mr. Unger encouraged party members to support Mr. Falcon because he "has demonstrated he is ready to lead immediately. He has the strong support from a large contingent of the caucus and does not have to call a quick election or seek a seat in a by-election." In an interview, Mr. Unger confirmed he's no longer a Conservative - although he bears his former colleagues no ill will. The following is a complete copy of his aforementioned email.

From: Merv Unger
Sent: February 16, 2011 9:40 PM
Subject: Kevin Falcon for leader

Dear Fellow B.C. Liberal

I have been following the B.C. Liberal party leadership race with great interest and have come to the conclusion that Kevin Falcon is the best choice to lead our party and British Columbia.

Our Central Island MLA, Ron Cantelon, has been supporting Kevin from Day One.

We have to choose the person most capable to be our next premier to lead us into the next election so we can prevent the NDP from doing more damage like they did in the 1990s.

Kevin has demonstrated he is ready to lead immediately. He has the strong support from a large contingent of the caucus and does not have to call a quick election or seek a seat in a byelection. Just today, Ida Chong, Minister of Science and Universities and Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development, and Vancouver-Fairview MLA Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Education and Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment, endorsed Kevin as their choice to lead the BC Liberal Party and become the next Premier of British Columbia.

I ask you to support Kevin, but if you have made another choice, please make Kevin the second choice on your ballot.

Thank you
Merv Unger

4 Comments

I sounds like "does not have to call a quick election or seek a seat in a by-election." is a shot at Christy Clark. I can only guess that demonstrating he is ready to lead immediately means that he will simply carry on where Gordon left off with 9% popularity. Now that's confidence building.

I agree w/ Hal, it is important for an election call sooner rather than later. Mike Farnworth of the BCNDP has already called for a September writ-drop, as has Christy Clark.

Sadly there are some who have illusions that 2+ years of an unelected Premier is going to fly. Anybody remember Ujjal Dosanjh or in Ontario Ernie Eves?

This is interesting when we see the BC Conservative line up card (understanding that they now have a candidate in every BC riding) that a BC Conservative may defeat Falcon if elected Premier.

I agree with Lawson1945. I would add that Unger is now endorsing the BC Liberal leadership candidate most likely to give us more of the same, things that Unger has railed against in the recent past.

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