Photo: Christy Clark made a brief campaign stop at the MacLean Family Law office in Fort St. John to speak with a group of residents./Kimberley Molina
One of the people considered a frontrunner in the B.C. Liberal leadership race made a pit stop in Fort St. John, Friday.
Christy Clark entered the leadership race on Dec. 8, 2010 and is one of two candidates not to hold a seat in the legislature. The other is the former mayor of Parksville, Ed Mayne.
Clark says one of the main focuses of her campaign is opening up the legislature, having government listen to residents and allowing MLAs across B.C. to speak for their constituents.
Referencing the MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom and how he spoke out against the HST, she says she admires his courage. She says she feels the provincial legislature should be a place where MLAs should be able to speak their minds, understanding not everyone will agree with everyone else all of the time.
One of her biggest goals, she says, is to listen to B.C. residents. Clark says she would hold town hall meetings across the province and actually listen to people’s views, something she admits could be difficult, but would be beneficial overall.
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Clark says she understands the burdens facing residents of the northeast. The infrastructure in several communities is often not able to keep up with a community’s population growth. Clark brought up the issue of road maintenance and how she has been discussing the better linking of growth in the economy with growth in an area’s road maintenance budget.
However, ultimately, she says it’s very important to ensure that all candidates running for the leadership are truthful about what can and cannot be delivered.
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Clark is the fourth leadership candidate to visit the Peace River region since Premier Gordon Campbell announced his intention to step down from the position. Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong all visited Fort St. John in the middle of December. Moira Stillwell and Ed Mayne will be the final candidates to visit Fort St. John.