Former finance minister Colin Hansen may think the BC Liberal party needs to change its name, but Parksville Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon doesn’t share that desire.
Hansen said at the party’s convention in Penticton over the weekend that the party needs to change its name to re-brand itself, to better reflect the party’s makeup as a coalition of federal Conservatives and Liberals.
“It was useful to raise it, but there’s not much talk about it, or enthusiasm or interest in it, really,” Cantelon said.
What he did see at the Penticton convention, he said, was a wave of support for Christy Clark and the direction she plans to take the party.
“Certainly Christy has put her stamp on the party, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “The mood was very, very positive and upbeat. There’s no question she has the rank and file — and everybody else — behind her.”
Cantelon declined to get into specifics about the new direction he expects the party to take, stressing the details will become clear shortly.
“We will follow the families first direction, but what exactly that looks like will be fleshed out in policies,” he said.
Similarly, he was reluctant to talk about his vision for the controversial HST.
“There are many options for the HST,” he said. “We’ve heard lots from different people and will make an announcement really soon.”