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Wilkinson resigns at Liberal leader

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson is stepping down as leader of the B.C. Liberals.

He made the announcement Monday following Saturday’s election which saw the party go from 41 seats in  the Legislature to 29 seats. In brief statement Wilkinson said he will stay on until a new leader is chosen.

Premier-elect John Horgan issued a short statement on Wilkinson’s resignation.

“I want to thank Andrew Wilkinson for his service and dedication to the people of British Columbia in his role as Opposition leader,” Horgan said. “I’ve done that job, and I’ve often said it is the toughest job in politics. Mr. Wilkinson led the official opposition through a very challenging time for our province. He ran a spirited campaign and I wish him the best in the future.

“Mr. Wilkinson has made our province and our civic life stronger by offering his ideas and his vision for our province. We are all better for his contributions. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all candidates from all parties who put their names forward in the election. Our democracy requires brave people to put their hands up, no matter the result.”

The party’s executive council is set to meet over the weekend to discuss a leadership race.

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