THE BC Conservative Party on Wednesday announced that BC United MLA Bruce Banman has joined the party.
He joins party leader John Rustad, MLA For Nechako Lakes, in the House. The party, which has the same number of seats as the BC Greens, now has official party status.
Banman said in a statement: “When I was elected MLA for Abbotsford South, I promised to bring the concerns of everyday hardworking people and families to the forefront in British Columbia’s Legislature in Victoria.
“Today, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to join the Conservative Party of British Columbia to keep that promise to my community and my constituents.
“I know first-hand that the Conservative Party of British Columbia is the only party that stands for what’s right in the legislature, rather than what’s politically convenient or politically correct.
“As a Conservative MLA, I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to speak honestly and openly on behalf of my constituents.
“I’m proud to join my friend John Rustad as the voice for everyday hardworking people in British Columbia’s Legislature.
“Conservatives have common sense. We don’t support Trudeau-backed policies like the punishing carbon tax that hurts everyday people; we refuse to condone the ideological NDP education agenda that teaches students what to think instead of how to think; and, we will never support the myth of safe supply that kills British Columbians and poisons our communities with hard drugs.
“I believe BC needs a leader who is a straight up, decent human being — and a party that’s willing to put politics aside to stand for what’s right.
“After watching him fight for everyday British Columbians, both in BC’s legislature and all across our province — I have come to believe that leader is John Rustad, and that party is the Conservative Party of British Columbia.
“I encourage all British Columbians who are looking for genuine change in our province to join me by taking out a membership.
“Together, as British Columbians — let’s stand for what’s right.”