Kamloops MLA Todd Stone endorses Kevin Falcon for leader of BC Liberal Party

Stone endorses Falcon

Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone has endorsed Kevin Falcon for the leadership of the BC Liberal party.

“I know the hard work that lies ahead for the next leader and I believe Kevin has what it takes to lead both the party and the province through these challenging times," said Stone in a news release Wednesday.

Stone was first elected in 2013 and was a candidate in the 2018 BC Liberal Leadership election. He served as Minister of Transportation from 2013 to 2017 and is currently the Opposition Critic for Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation.

He was at one time considered a top contender for leadership of the party, but has opted not to seek it.

The announcement came one month after the launch of the Kevin Falcon leadership campaign.

“Kevin will champion big, bold ideas,” Stone continued.

“[He is] someone with a vision for British Columbia that propels us forward. Someone who won't just settle for an economic recovery, but actually thinks about building for our next generation.”

Stone joins MLAs Mike Morris, Ian Paton, and Trevor Halford in endorsing Falcon to be the next BC Liberal Leader. Falcon has also been endorsed by his campaign co-chairs, former Mayor of Surrey Dianne Watts and former BC Liberal candidate Puneet Sandhar.

“Kevin knows how to get the job done,” concluded Stone. “He will recruit the next generation of young, diverse, passionate candidates to help him implement [his] vision for BC.”

The BC Liberal Party will vote for their new leader between February 3 to 5, 2022.

Falcon, a former B.C. finance, health and transportation minister, left politics in 2013. He was first elected in Surrey-Cloverdale in 2001, making this is second bid for party leader after being defeated by former leader Christy Clark in 2011.

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