The BC Conservative Party has just released the following in the past three quarters of an hour. Leader Dan Brooks has announced he is leaving the post
From: BC Conservative Party <email@example.com> Date: January 4, 2016 at 12:29:21 PM PST To: xxxxxxxx Subject: BC Conservative Leader Dan Brooks Resigns
Vanderhoof, BC (January 4, 2016)-
Dan Brooks, who led the BC Conservatives from April 2014 until now, has
resigned as leader. He has been asked by the Party to serve temporarily
as interim leader until February 20, 2016.
"It has been an honour to serve the people of British Columbia
as leader of the BC Conservative Party, but the time has come for me to
pass the torch." Brooks said, acknowledging that his term as a volunteer
leader was both challenging and rewarding, but that the time had come
to refocus on family and business.
"My resignation opens a
range of opportunities for the Party to find new leadership, to reach
out to potential Premiers and ask them to come forward to take the helm
of the BC Conservatives and transform our province."
The BC Conservative Party, which is holding its Annual General Meeting in Richmond on February 20th,
will immediately begin planning a convention to select a new leader. At
the request of the Party Board of Directors, Brooks has agreed to serve
as interim leader until the AGM.
"British Columbia needs a
conservative alternative." Brooks said. "With the BC Liberals mired in
scandal, and with the voter mistrust of the NDP, we truly have an
opportunity to show British Columbians there is a better, conservative
Brooks remains a strong supporter and has pledged to continue to help build the Party in a local capacity.
It's interesting -- no actually it's sad -- how the
BC Conservative Party seems to bumble from one wrong move to the next.On December 31st Party President, Ian
MacDonald, sent out the latest In House Communicator to 93 Directors of Associations,
Regions, Provincial Board and Chairs.It
wasn't long of course before I had been forwarded a copy of the memo, along
with the following message:
Alan: Just received your message today and would like to
acknowledge your greeting.
... I am forwarding a copy of the latest news release. I
remain dumbfounded at the stupidity. Ian MacDonald doesn't appear to be in
touch with reality. Threats are probably not the best way to build a party and
the whole idea of establishing ones own benchmarks to measure success leave me
with my mouth hanging open.
I'm thinking of maybe providing some benchmarks ... All the
best for the New Year....
Now here's the text of the message from the BC
Conservative Party's Ian MacDonald, as
posted in the "In-House Communicator"
A Word from The President
This is excellent news for the
Party because we are finally moving forward. There is still much work to be
done, so this is no time for apathy.
From my perspective, we have far
too many Constituency Associations doing nothing - no new members, no financial
contributions, no involvement with growing the Party. That will all change on
January 1, when local entities become
accountable to the Party with the introduction of "benchmarks." If we are going to be a contender
in the 2017 Provincial election, everyone has to "lead, follow, or get out
of the way."
We have our AGM coming up on February 20, 2016; it's an
important opportunity for each of you to have a direct and immediate impact on
the Party. I hope to see you there, in support of our Party, its goals and
objectives. If you can't attend personally, please send a donation to support
This newsletter goes out to over
90 Party "leaders" in our Province. I urge each of you to consider
running for a Provincial Board position at the AGM. Perhaps you believe you can
do better, or that you have something more important to offer; well now is your
chance to "step up" and take the lead.
Working together, let's
maintain the momentum begun in 2015; let's build on what we've achieved this
year. Through our combined efforts, let's be ready to offer the people of this
Province an alternative to the status quo. If not you, then who? If not now,
With Best Wishes to you and your families for a happy and
prosperous New Year.
Greetings friends ... it's January 1st, 2016 already. Wow, 2015 flew by awfully fast!
myself, 2015 did not end the way that I would have hoped, as we are
dealing with my wife being diagnosed with Lymphoma. She had her first
treatment on December 21st, which stretched into 3 days as she had a bad
reaction to the chemo cocktail they had put together. Bev has been
extremely tired since, however we put together a great Christmas at
home, and had a number of family members visit over several days.
would ask for those of you who have an on-going conversation with God,
that you keep us in your prayers. We'll be going through this process
into April, and knowing we have an army of Prayer Warriors out there has
been a huge morale booster for not only Bev, but myself as well!
now brings us to a short 16 months until the next Provincial Election
in BC. DON'T BE discouraged as there IS going to be a voice for those
of us on the center right who are small 'c' conservatives. In the
coming months we MUST ensure we are prepared, no matter what happens to
the BC Conservative Party.
The strongest, and most campaign savvy, are
now outside the fold, however a formidable campaign can and will be
mounted, even if only in a dozen or so well chosen riding's -- contested
with quality candidates that we can raise funds for.
first test will be the still-to-be announced by-elections in the lower
mainland. I feel strongly that with the right candidate(s) $40 to $50
thousand can and will be raised, and I am right now committing to a $150
donation for each of the riding's once the right candidates, with a
recognizable profile and a background as a small 'c' conservative can be
The right candidate for each of the riding's
is out there -- are you prepared (those who live in the greater
metro-Vancouver region) to come up with a list of prospects who can be
contacted? Media exposure is going to be crucial, and that is why it
will be vital that the individual who runs has an established record
that will generate interest from the start with the media.
the BC Conservative Party realizes that those who have left are needed
and a campaign is run from there ... whether it is run under a new
political entity ... or whether we back and support strong independent
candidates from which to build a political entity can be built, is
irrelevant. Re-engaging and ensuring British Columbian's have a choice
is the ONLY thing that will matter.
I know many of you
have fought the fight already and have said enough. Well it is never
enough unless you are prepared to let others decide for you how each and
every one of us will be governed.
If you are satisfied with
the possibility of having the NDP return to power and destroy the
province as they are doing in Alberta, then fair enough. The same holds
true if you are prepared to let Christy Clark and the BC Liberals
continue to promise jobs that are never delivered, continue to raise
taxes and fee's, continue to see the decline in our health care system,
and continue to have a lack of a moral compass.
is fight left in all of you so now is the time to get up and return to
active duty. We are all busy, there is no doubt of that, however there
is much at stake, and the need for you to be part of a viable
alternative is still required.
Okay ... I will now get off my pulpit :D
final thoughts? I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy new year.
All the best, and please do continue to have on-going communications
with each other. There are more of us out there than you know!
In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth, and these are my first thoughts to start the new year.