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Wilkinson calls election announcement ‘cynical’

Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, along with Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. File photo

Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson says now is not the time for a provincial election.

“Today, John Horgan chose politics over people,” the BC Liberal leader said shortly after the premier announced British Columbians will go to the polls October 24. “For no reason whatsoever, we’re now being forced into a general election that no one in British Columbia wants except for the NDP … The goal for the NDP is to secure their own employment. ”

He called the decision to call an election during a pandemic.

Wilkinson berated the premier for breaking the Confidence and Supply Agreement the NDP signed with the Green Party. Wilkinson said it has, and would have continued to, provide stable government in the province, which is important now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a time for stability, not for petty politics,” he said. “… We all have to wonder about the premier who had an iron-clad agreement with the Greens to govern for another 13 months, when he passed a law providing for a fixed election day in 2021, now he’s torn that all to shreds for his own personal interest, is this someone we trust?”

While the Liberals don’t agree with the timing of the election, they are ready to present their ideas on how the province should be run.

“We’re going to present an exciting vision for British Columbia, a chance to get ahead,” he said. “We’ll be talking about things that really matter to British Columbians, a bold plan, a plan to bring jobs to British Columbia, a plan to build the economy and build investment, a plan to deal with the nightmare of drug addition, a plan to improve safety on our streets and stop the crime wave, a plan to make it easier for moms and dads to work when they have kids.”

Wilkinson said details of the Liberal plan will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

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