News

Lekstrom back in B.C. Liberal fold

Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom - Black Press
Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom
— image credit: Black Press

Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom has been welcomed back to the B.C. Liberal party caucus, satisfied that premier-designate Christy Clark will listen to the people on the harmonized sales tax.

Lekstrom quit as energy minister and left to sit as an independent in June 2010, just weeks after voting to adopt the HST along with the rest of the B.C. Liberal cabinet and caucus. The HST is particularly unpopular in the Peace region and other areas that border on Alberta.

Clark chaired her first caucus meeting Wednesday at a downtown Vancouver hotel, and during a break she emerged with Lekstrom to announce his return.

Discussions are also underway to readmit Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who succeeded Lekstrom as energy minister and then was ejected from cabinet and caucus in November for public criticisms of Premier Gordon Campbell.

One of Bennett's complaints was Campbell's sweeping reorganization of resource ministries, which continues as Clark prepares to choose her new cabinet.

Clark began her leadership campaign aiming to get rid of the HST as quickly as possible, but has since decided to proceed with a province-wide vote on the tax.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Gypsy moth infestation discovered in Cloverdale
 
Snow geese days numbered? Coun. Harold Steves suggests re-opening hunting on dyke
 
ER waits at Langley Memorial Hospital beat the average
Holdom property tied up in legal battle
 
Election 2014: What can be done about homelessness in Burnaby?
 
Liberals busy on Saturday
Aldergrove’s Wall-o-Lanterns a Huge Success
 
Bylaws for agricultural land use must be enforced fairly: soil scientist
 
Council Candidate: John Buckley running for re-election in Harrison Hot Springs

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.