Letnick finds candidate

Madison Erhardt

Norm Letnick has found the man he would like to see lead the BC Liberal party into the next provincial election.

The Kelowna-Lake Country MLA announced Thursday morning he is throwing his political weight behind Andrew Wilkinson's bid for the leadership.

Wilkinson says he now has the support of more sitting MLAs than the other five candidates combined.

"He has all the abilities necessary to advance the needs of my constituents here in Kelowna-Lake Country, and also to lead British Columbia," said Letnick in explaining his decision to back Wilkinson.

"We need someone with experience, someone who knows the system, who has the leadership qualities to be able to attract people with ideas."

Wilkinson describes himself as a fiscal conservative who says he won't load debt onto our children.

"I'm the guy who has put out a whole package of ideas within a balanced budget," he said.

"We need to run a responsible government that cares about people, who doesn's waste people's money, and drive up taxes like the NDP."

Wilkinson is one of six in the race to replace former premier Christy Clark, who stepped down in August.

He says one of the differences between him and the other five is what he calls a 'spending contest going on among the other candidates.'

"Making wild promises on things they can deliver."

Speaking specifically to a statement made Wednesday by Todd Stone that he would reduce the PST by one per cent and eliminate the NDP tax increases, Wilkinson says Stone is talking about running up a $13.7 billion deficit over three years.

"I'm not prepared to do that.

"We need to be the responsible government that thinks people can make decisions about their own money better than government can. Keep the money in taxpayers pockets and not pick it out of their pockets and have government spend it."

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