Liberals ready for Grand time

The BC Liberal party is in a celebratory mood.

The governing party is holding their first convention since an unexpected return to power in last May's provincial election.

"It's maybe the biggest convention we've had," said Vernon-Monashee MLA, Eric Foster prior to the start of the convention at Kelowna's Delta Grand Hotel.

"It's a big celebration of course. It's just one year since the greatest comeback in BC politics so there will certainly be a bit of a celebration."

About 1,200 delegates have already signed up for the three-day convention which kicks off Friday afternoon.

"It's the largest convention in recent history," said convention co-chair, Sukhminder Virk.

"Compared to Whistler and Penticton in 2012 and 2011 where we had about 900."

Virk said Kelowna is an ideal location for the Liberals given the number of ministers who have come from the region and the fact Premier Christy Clark is now the MLA for the Westside-Kelowna riding.

A number of plenary and policy resolutions put forth by the various riding associations will be debated over the weekend.

"One of those ongoing issues of course is the name change. The name of the party," said Foster.

"I don't think that's going to be as big an issue as it has in the past. We did very, very well last spring. Our brand is strong."

Foster said people realize the BC Liberal party is not affiliated with the federal party.

"We're a coalition, a very strong coalition. I don't think it's going to make a lot of noise."

Premier Clark is scheduled to deliver her keynote address Saturday afternoon.


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