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

B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

RCMP to review actions at Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest camps

Senior Mountie says he hopes protests will be peaceful following deal with hereditary chiefs

‘Tripod’ delays access to Unist’ot’en camp

Social media rumours of cultural significance quashed, meaning police “exclusion zones” should end.

Hereditary chiefs negotiate injunction agreement

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs abide by interim injunction, but gate stays up. Still opposed.

B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

Most Read