Fort St. John city councillor Trevor Bolin is the new leader of the BC Conservative Party.
Bolin was named leader of the party Monday in Vancouver.
“We’ve been talking to British Columbians all across the province the last few months, we’ve been building the party and we are truly the grassroots party coming forward in British Columbia,” Bolin said in a speech.
“The BC Conservatives is the oldest party in the province and literally was the first to form governmetn back in the early 1900s. However, it’s time to revive that, it’s time to renew that, and it’s time to ensure we are the voice of people from everywhere in this province.”
Red tape is chasing investment away from B.C., while new taxes are raising the cost of living for families without eliminating that red tape, Bolin said.
“There needs to be an even, level playing field in the province of British Columbia, so families can prosper, businesses can prosper, and we know that we’ve set the province up for our children to prosper,” he said.
Bolin also took aim at the increased carbon taxes, government representation and partisan politics in his speech.
Bolin was first elected to city council in Fort St. John in 2008, and was re-elected in 2018. He plans to remain on council.
He supported Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman and then former councillor Dan Davies, who was eventually nominated to represent Peace River North for the BC Liberals, during the 2017 provincial election.
Bolin noted he had supported both Pat Pimm and Richard Neufeld as the BC Liberal MLAs for the area before that.
“This new chapter is not about changing what I believe is needed for the city or province, it’s about advocating and being able to bring more to the province,” Bolin said.
“My being elected leader of the BC Conservatives isn’t about the MLA’s, it’s about new ideas, a new way for BC families to prosper in all regions of the province. I have been fortunate to be named the leader of a party that I find fits so closely with my own beliefs.”
In a statement, Davies congratulated Bolin. However, Davies also cautioned the uncertainty over how the Conservatives will split the right-leaning vote in B.C.
“British Columbians are more than aware what happens when the right side of the political spectrum is fractured,” Davies said.
“We only need to look back to the days that the Reform Party ran, splitting the BC Liberals and the Reform, allowing the NDP a second term. We can just look next door in Alberta what happens when the right splits.
“We are not sure when the election will happen in BC, but rest assured, I am looking forward to continue to fight and represent the residents of Peace River North under our free enterprise party.”
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