Wilkinson doubles support, earns front-runner status within caucus

VICTORIA – BC Liberal Leadership candidate Andrew Wilkinson built on the momentum from his performance in recent leadership debates by announcing new endorsements from six additional caucus members, doubling his support to twelve sitting MLAs.

On the final day of the legislative session in Victoria, MLAs and community leaders Joan Isaacs, Linda Larson, Tracy Redies, Ellis Ross, John Rustad and Laurie Throness announced their decision to endorse Andrew for Leader of the BC Liberal Party. The growing list of supporters also includes Donna Barnett, Doug Clovechok, Mike Morris, Mary Polak, Tom Shypitka and Michelle Stilwell.

The endorsements from Andrew’s twelve caucus colleagues echo the broad support and enthusiasm he’s received meeting British Columbians all across the province. The added support reflect his ability to bring together party members, long-standing and brand new, cross-province, and representing the wide spectrum of the BC Liberal coalition. These endorsements also show that Andrew can inspire and motivate the party base to defeat the NDP in the next election.

“Andrew has drawn caucus support from MLAs throughout the province – it’s because he has the skills, ability and real-life experience to really understand how British Columbia ticks,” said John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes. “He grew up in Kamloops, lived in Dease Lake, Lillooet and Campbell River as a rural doctor and raised a family in Vancouver – he gets it. Andrew has what it takes to lead the BC Liberal Party and defeat the NDP in the next election.”

“This strong support shown by my fellow MLAs motivates me each and every day,” said Wilkinson. “I will be releasing my platform tomorrow as a promise to them, to the party members in their ridings and to those who want a leader for all of B.C. that I will continue to work hard on their behalf.”