Candidates graceful in defeat

Kevin Falcon speaks to reporters in Vancouver after finishing second in the B.C. Liberal leadership vote Saturday evening.

Kevin Falcon speaks to reporters in Vancouver after finishing second in the B.C. Liberal leadership vote Saturday evening.

Christy Clark’s three rivals put aside the disagreements of the leadership campaign Saturday evening and vowed to work together to carry on the B.C. Liberal government’s work.Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon finished a close second to Clark on the third and final ballot, but enough of Shuswap MLA George Abbott’s support went to Clark to give her the win.One of the disagreements Falcon had with Clark was whether the party should dispense with the scheduled election date of May 2013 and have an early vote to give the new leader a fresh mandate.”I’m sure that Christy will talk to all of us in the caucus before she makes any final decisions around that,” Falcon said after the vote. “There are opportunities for by-elections [for Clark to run for a seat]. I’m sure Christy will look at all of those, and I’m sure she’ll ask for advice and counsel from other MLAs like myself. And I’ll be there providing it, and I’ll be supporting her.”Clark echoed those comments when speaking to reporters after the vote, saying a quick election was not her top priority and she needs to discuss options with the caucus first.

Abbott was asked why more of his supporters didn’t go to Falcon when he was dropped off the ballot after the second round of counting.”B.C. Liberals are very independent minded people, and all I ever said was, you know, on a balance between Kevin and Christy, I was going to vote for Kevin,” Abbott said. “But I know for example, my wife had a different view, and I’m sure that many of my other supporters had a different view.”Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong finished fourth, but he was philosophical.”Winning’s always your objective, but look at what happened here tonight,” de Jong said. “We’ve got a great new leader, a talented woman who’s going to lead us to the next election, and I believe lead us united and lead us successfully.”

Just Posted

The 14th annual Oak Bay Young Exceptional Star (YES) awards June 3. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay celebrates its Young Exceptional Stars with outdoor award ceremony

Nine young people recognized in 14th annual awards

A pub patio in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Patio and picnic dining could mean a free meal for Greater Victoria patrons

Local celebrities pick up the tab with latest Greater Victoria chamber contest

Greater Victoria School District (SD61) Saturday announced a COVID-19 exposure at Oak Bay High School. (Black Press Media File).
Oak Bay High School subject of COVID-19 exposure

Greater Victoria School District (SD61) said possible exposure happened June 9-10

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria bishop apologizes for church’s role in residential schools

Bishop Gary Gordon voices commitment to healing and reconciliation

Oak Bay Rotary Club member Lorna Curtis takes over as District Governor of Rotary District 5020 on July 1. (Courtesy Lorna Curtis)
Former Oak Bay recreation director goes international with Rotary

Lorna Curtis takes over as district governor on July 1

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read