The BC Liberals have announced a potential name change.
Today (Tuesday), it was mentioned that its members will decide by the end of this year if “BC United” will be the new name for the official opposition.
Leader Kevin Falcon noted the process started at the party’s convention in June after two-thirds of delegates voted in favour of considering a new name.
Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris noted the name BC United would better represent what the party stands for.
“The name doesn’t depict partisanship which makes me quite excited about that because I think by remaining non-partisan to it to a degree, we accept left-leaning, right-leaning, centre, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you think about. Hopefully, we will attract a lot of people here.”
“I’ve always been a coalition thinker I guess. I believe in a big-tent concept here where we include everybody and I think BC United is something that will attract people to look at us.”
“I think it will be what the people of BC have wanted for a long time,” added Morris.
Longtime PG-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond echoed those sentiments stating it was a case of a promise made, a promise kept by Falcon.
“So frankly, this really represents who we are. What we want to do is send a clear message to British Columbians that we work together on behalf of all of them and I think the name change reflects that.”
“It is a team sport. When you are involved in a political party and in our case we want to move ahead and we want to make sure we have a strong, diverse, and inclusive party.”
In total, over 2,000 suggestions were submitted over a three-month period.