Andrew Wilkinson and renewed BC Liberal team ready to restore confidence, rebuild BC

Following the NDP’s decision to trigger a risky pandemic election, a renewed and growing team of candidates with a diversity of backgrounds and experience is rallying around Andrew Wilkinson, ready to restore confidence and rebuild BC.

September 22, 2020

VANCOUVER — Following the NDP’s decision to trigger a risky pandemic election, a renewed and growing team of candidates with a diversity of backgrounds and experience is rallying around Andrew Wilkinson, ready to restore confidence and rebuild BC.

“Yesterday, John Horgan dissolved the BC Legislature and engineered an unnecessary and irresponsible early election. He is leaving British Columbians without a functioning government at a time when people needed leadership most,” said BC Liberal Leader, Andrew Wilkinson. “Let’s be clear: John Horgan and the NDP’s decision to call this election, in the middle of a global pandemic, is nothing more than an irresponsible and cynical attempt to increase his own power.

“Today, I am excited to share our growing team of BC Liberal candidates who have put their names forward to deliver opportunity for all of BC. The depth of experience and diversity of voices in every corner of this province will provide British Columbians real choice in this election — to restore confidence and rebuild BC with a BC Liberal government.”

Meet 19 of our newest candidates:

  • Former Vancouver City Councillor and accomplished broadcast journalist George Affleck (Vancouver-Fairview)
  • Acclaimed geoscientist and executive ‘Lyn Anglin (North Vancouver-Lonsdale)
  • Financial planner and community sports advocate Paul Boparai (Surrey-Newton)
  • Family physician and former cabinet minister Gulzar Cheema (Surrey-Panorama)
  • Long-time newspaper publisher and financial services professional Lorne Doerkson (Cariboo-Chilcotin)
  • Local small business owner and energy sector professional Trevor Halford (Surrey-White Rock)
  • Professional engineer and Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society board member Dave Hans (Surrey-Guildford)
  • Local government public servant and dedicated community advocate Tanya Kaul (Cowichan Valley)
  • Long-time local non-profit organization operations director and agricultural small business owner Margaret Kunst (Langley East)
  • Financial industry executive and Pakistan Canada Association past president Shaukat Khan (Surrey-Whalley)
  • Former Olympian and Richmond City Councillor Alexa Loo (Richmond South Centre)
  • Entrepreneur and city councillor Chelsa Meadus (Maple Ridge-Mission)
  • Accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community leader Renee Merrifield (Kelowna-Mission)
  • Ladysmith city councillor and active community volunteer Duck Paterson (Nanaimo-North Cowichan)
  • Seasoned entrepreneur and CEO of an early childhood learning centre Alex Read (Vancouver-Hastings)
  • Gitxsan Hereditary Chief and lawyer Gordon Sebastian (Stikine)
  • RCMP staff sergeant and youth mentor Jet Sunner (Delta North)
  • Surrey school board trustee and realtor Garry Thind (Surrey-Fleetwood)
  • Oliver councillor, entrepreneur, and chamber of commerce presdident Petra Veintimilla (Boundary-Similkameen)

“As our province continues to face the challenges of COVID-19, we need real leadership more than ever. In the coming days, we look forward to showing people a better way forward, with bold ideas that we know British Columbians are looking for, presenting our vision for the next four years and seeking your support,” added Wilkinson. “It’s time to turn the page on three years of John Horgan and the NDP and get to work on writing a new chapter for BC. It’s time to restore confidence and rebuild BC.”