Stockwell Day throws support behind Liberals

Vernon-Monashee Liberal candidate Eric Foster (right) introduces former federal Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day to a crowd of 30 at the Schubert Centre Tuesday. - roger knox/morning star
Vernon-Monashee Liberal candidate Eric Foster (right) introduces former federal Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day to a crowd of 30 at the Schubert Centre Tuesday.
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Stockwell Day sees next month’s provincial election as “the most important election in B.C. in the last 50 years.”

And the former federal Conservative cabinet minister has thrown his support behind the incumbent Liberals.

“I want it (election) to be something that’s going to produce positive results for my kids, my grandkids and opportunity for the future,” said Day, who was in Vernon Tuesday supporting Vernon-Monashee Liberal incumbent MLA Eric Foster.

“That will happen with the policies of the B.C. Liberals. It can’t happen with NDP economic policy.”

Day addressed a crowd of 30 at the Schubert Centre, then took some questions before heading to Salmon Arm to meet with Shuswap riding Liberal candidate Greg Kyllo.

With the election a month away, the Liberals are trailing the NDP in the polls.

Day said the only poll that matters is the one on election day.

“I put my confidence in individual citizens,” he said.

“I hope they’ll view the proposals before them and realize it’s the B.C. Liberals that will provide the best hope and opportunity for the future.

“All parties have positives and strengths. Our positive is our premier (Christy Clark), our MLAs and policies that have been proven to give B.C. one of the best economies in North America. All of that will be lost with NDP policies.”

Day was happy to throw his support behind Foster, calling the former mayor of Lumby:

“A very strong MLA who has proven himself before that as a very capable mayor.

“He understands the issues, the environment and the economy,” said Day of Foster, who was happy for the ringing endorsement from the former federal cabinet.

“Stock is a very well respected former provincial and federal minister and we’re pleased to have him on our team,” said Foster.

“He knows the B.C. Liberals’ free enterprise coalition is the only answer for B.C. to keep the policies of the NDP at bay. Stock is a great support and certainly well respected in the world of economics.”

Day served a number of federal cabinet portfolios when he represented the riding as MP of Okanagan-Coquihalla, based out of Penticton.

Those portfolios included public safety, international trade and the minister responsible for B.C. He was also president of the treasury board.

Today, he runs his own consulting business, sits on a number of boards around the country, does non-profit work and helps businesses looking for Asian-Pacific opportunities.

“Those opportunities will increase with the B.C. Liberals, they’ll fade away with NDP policies,” said Day, who said he was not getting a dime from the Liberals for his support.

“I am a 100 per cent volunteer.”

Asked about the B.C. Conservatives, Day said the party is well intentioned, but “they will serve to split the vote.”

“They may take a few percentage points off in each riding which may, in fact, help the NDP get elected by default,” he said.



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