B.C. Conservatives gather for AGM

Leadership race, possible party name change among agenda items

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

A proposal to change the party name, plus a leadership race, highlight the B.C. Conservative party’s annual general meeting agenda.

The gathering is set for 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday in Langley.

Following a public meeting that includes guest speakers Lori Ackerman (Fort St. John mayor), Kris Sims, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and former New Westminster-Burnaby candidate Chloé Ellis, delegates will then gather to elect a new board of directors.

“Once the board is elected, party members will vote on constitutional and bylaw changes which includes a proposal to change the name of the party,” said party communications director, Vernon councillor Scott Anderson, who doesn’t expect the name change to carry much impact.

“It’s in response to a grass roots request. It might go from the B.C. Conservative Party to the Conservative Party of B.C.”

Anderson said the new board will organize the party’s leadership race and help to assemble a campaign to elect a conservative in the Kelowna West by-election.

The party is currently without a leader, as is the provincial Liberal party.