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.