John Cummins is running for B.C. Conservative leadership

Former Delta-Richmond East MP John Cummins announces candidacy

John Cummins is looking to become the next leader of the B.C. Conservative Party.

He’s the new but familiar face of the new B.C. Conservatives.

As has been speculated for some time, former Delta-Richmond East MP John Cummins announced his candidacy for the leadership of the provincial Conservatives.

But since no other candidates came forward by the Tuesday night deadline, Cummins is expected to be officially named the leader of the B.C. Conservatives at a party convention this May.

In Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Cummins emphasized during his speech that he wants B.C. voters to have a viable alternative to the Liberals and NDP, which he described as “old line parties” inextricably linked to special interest groups in the form of corporations and unions.

“The choice between the Liberals and NDP is like a choice between airline food and hospital food,” he said. “We can do better, British Columbians deserve a choice they are actually excited to vote for, not two parties they have to hold their noses to support.”

Cummins hasn’t yet announced where he’ll be running, but he’s reportedly already moved to Langley.

If elected, Cummins said he’d push to ban political donations from corporations and unions.

Asked how he’ll appeal to younger voters, Cummins said: “I think that if you look at the team that’s surrounding me, very few on that team are over 40 years of age. So we do have a young team here, a team that can reach out to these younger voters and I think that the ideas we’re promoting and expressing are ideas that do appeal to the young people. We’re talking about MLAs who are not going to be trained seals when they hit the provincial legislature, we’re talking about attracting MLAs who will speak their mind, represent their people and yet be part of this Conservative team.

“That’s the kind of government that we’re looking at promoting. I think that’s what young people want.”

In his 18 years in Ottawa, Cummins earned a reputation as being a maverick politician who freely speaks his mind, unafraid to ruffle the feathers of party brass. That reputation kept him off any cabinet postings.

“I think that if you look at my political record over the last 18 years, you’ll find that I’m not really a trained seal.”

Cummins was first elected as a Reform MP in 1993 and has served in Parliament since. He’s been a Conservative MP since 2003, but isn’t seeking re-election in the federal election.

The B.C. Conservatives haven’t elected an MLA since 1978.

Just Posted

Kent to weigh in on ride-sharing policies

The district will be submitting comments to the province on what ride sharing should look like

Enrolment, EA increases make for no surprises in updated school district budget

The budget reflects changes that were made after recieving provincial funds in December

Agassiz Community Gardens hoping to find new home at old McCaffrey school

The society has been looking for a new location since its previous gardens were sold in October

Kent looking to replace Ferny Coombe pool with indoor facility

The facility being built is dependent on grant funding from the province and federal government

Escape room brings ‘out of the box’ activity to Agassiz

AESS alumni and teacher developed the concept to bring teamwork-based entertainment to the town

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

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

Vancouver Whitecaps acquire Canadian international Derek Cornelius

Cornelius earned his first senior cap for Canada in September 2018

Missing B.C. boy and aunt found safe

The pair had been reported missing from Kamloops

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

The debate over teaching math in B.C.

Tutoring businesses growing with concerns

Vancouver hit-and-run leaves woman with life-threatening injuries

A woman and her husband were walking in a marked crosswalk at East 41 and Commercial Street

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Social media strains over Prince Rupert’s boil water notice

Resident forms Community for Clean Water, and Jennifer Rice responds to acting mayor’s comments

Most Read