Stockwell Day in Nanoose to support Liberal Stilwell

Day said it takes a generation to pay for four years of the NDP

Parksville Qualicum B.C. Liberal candidate Michelle Stilwell's campaign got a boost from a visit to Fairwinds Golf Course on Saturday by former federal Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day.

A former federal Conservative cabinet member was in Nanoose Bay Saturday throwing his weight behind provincial B.C. Liberal Party candidate Michelle Stilwell.

“People have said to me: ‘you’re a federal Conservative, what are you doing voting B.C. Liberals?,” said Stockwell Day. “People, for instance, like my mother. It is actually not against the law to vote federal Conservative and B.C. liberal — I’ve been doing it for awhile and I haven’t been arrested yet.”

In front of a gathering of about 25 people Saturday at Fairwinds Golf Course, Day said there are no linkages between the federal Conservative party and the B.C. Conservative party. He is volunteering, he said, to support the B.C. Liberals, and spoke at a B.C. Liberal convention back in October to show his support for the party. Day has recently been dropping in on various B.C. communities to share why he thinks the B.C. Liberals should win the May 14 election and what he perceives to be the perils of an NDP victory.

“It takes a generation to pay for four years of NDP government,” he said. “It’s a total lack of economic understanding that those policies will always pull an economy down.”

Day said he was the minister of finance in Alberta for a number of years when the NDP was in power in B.C. and he saw many people fleeing B.C. as a result, he said.

He said he talked to B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins last year and asked him what he was doing splitting the vote, when he knows he can’t win.

“[John Cummins] said:  ‘I know that. I know that a vote for the B.C. Conservatives may well split the vote and will have NDP go up the middle and maybe even win, but in four years people will be so fed up with the NDP that they’ll throw them out.’  I said: ‘John that’s not a vision’.”

Day said he also strongly supports Christy Clark as premier, saying he has seen  her in action on both the provincial and national stage. Despite what the media reported, he said, she got fast results when she demanded that five conditions be met in order for B.C. to allow the Northern Gateway Pipeline to go through the province. A few weeks after that announcement, the federal government hustled out to B.C. and tightened up the federal rules on waterways, tankers and other environmental measures, he  told the crowd.

Day said when people tell him they’re mad about certain decisions the B.C. Liberals have made in the past he tells them “party’s are made up of humans, humans are imperfect, all parties will make mistakes. I was leader of the Canadian Alliance, we made some mistakes.”

Michelle Stilwell thanked Day for the introduction on Saturday and went on to explain why she was running for the B.C. Liberal Party, and answered questions.

Just Posted

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

Errington scrap wood fire still under investigation

Three fire departments deployed to battle highly visible blaze

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Portland, Oregon, awaits right-wing rally, counter protests

Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson surrendered Friday on an arrest warrant for felony rioting

Most Read