Mike de Jong the First Choice for Graham and Anneke Bruce

BURNABY – Graham and Anneke Bruce are the latest BC Liberals to declare that Mike de Jong is their first choice to lead the party.

“Mike de Jong is ready now to lead our party – to lead us in the hard work of taking the fight to the NDP, to lead the critical renewal of the party, and to lead us on the path of reconnecting with British Columbians to earn their support in the next election,” Graham Bruce said. “I have always been impressed with Mike de Jong. When he was handed the tough tasks in government, he delivered results every time. That’s the kind of track record and experience we need now.”

Graham and Anneke Bruce have been key BC Liberal supporters on the South Island since the late 1990s. Graham served as the MLA for the Cowichan area for both the Socreds and the BC Liberals, and was a cabinet minister in governments led by both parties.

“I was there with our party when the coalition was built – and so was Mike de Jong. He has what it takes to keep our party strong, keep it together, and to start winning back support for the next election,” Anneke Bruce said. “Mike de Jong knows every inch of this province – from the Cowichan Valley to the Fraser Valley to the Columbia Valley. He’s my first choice to lead.”

Michael de Jong now has many MLAs, former MLAs, MPs, and community leaders supporting him from around the province (see list below).

The BC Liberal party will hold a leadership convention to announce the new leader on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

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Team de Jong members

Bill Barisoff (Former MLA Penticton (Southern Okanagan) former Cabinet Minister, and former Speaker of the B.C. Legislature)

Pat Bell (Former MLA Prince George-Mackenzie and former Cabinet Minister)

Bill Belsey (Former MLA North Coast, former BC Liberal Party Vice President)

Mike Bernier (MLA Peace River South and former Cabinet Minister)

Anneke Bruce (long-time BC Liberal volunteer)

Graham Bruce (Former MLA Cowichan-Ladysmith and former Cabinet Minister)

Stephanie Cadieux (MLA Surrey South and former Cabinet Minister)

Ron Cantelon (Former MLA Nanaimo-Parksville and former Cabinet Minister)

Rich Coleman (MLA Langley East, Former Deputy Premier and Cabinet Minister, Leader of the Official Opposition)

Dan Davies (MLA Peace River North)

Ed Fast (Member of Parliament, Abbotsford and former Federal Cabinet Minister of International Trade)

Simon Gibson (MLA Abbotsford-Mission)

Wanda Good (2017 BC Liberal Candidate, Stikine and former Gitanyow deputy chief councillor)

Arnie Hamilton (Former MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin)

Al Horning (Former MLA Kelowna-Lake Country, former MP Okanagan Centre)

John Martin (MLA Chilliwack)

Rob Nijjar (Former MLA Vancouver-Kingsway)

Patty Sahota (Former MLA Burnaby-Edmonds and former Cabinet Minister) 

Dallas Smith (2017 BC Liberal Candidate, North Island, and former president of the Nanwakolas Council)

Bill Streeper (Mayor Fort Nelson)

Dr. Moira Stilwell (Former MLA Vancouver-Langara and former Cabinet Minister)

Teresa Wat (MLA Richmond North Centre and former Cabinet Minister)  

Jack Weisgerber (Former MLA Peace River South – and former Socred Cabinet Minister and Reform BC Leader)