VICTORIA, B.C. – Newly elected Peace River North MLA Dan Davies says that while the BC Liberals won’t be in power, northern B.C. will still be heard.
After Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were defeated on Thursday, the new MLA says it will be a different role but he is prepared.
“It is certainly going to be different. We are an opposition and without a doubt, that takes on a whole new role and regardless, it is new for me as well and it is going to be new for Mike Bernier as well. We’ve been in government for 16 years and it’s just now a different way to go about it, making sure that we do hold the NDP government accountable.”
Davies says that once the legislature returns, there are still strong members in the opposition ready to keep the NDP accountable.
“We’ve right now got the weakest government in the history of this province with the strongest opposition in the history of this province. Even though we are opposition, we’ve got a team of experienced former cabinet ministers that know these files very well. We’re going to be holding the fire to the NDP.”
He says that the BC Liberals need to still embrace the fact that they did win the election, according to the results on May 9.
“Of course it was in a minority situation. We had the two losing parties come forward and make an agreement, we’ll see how that works. Historically, time shows it doesn’t work for too long and the fact remains that it is difficult to move a lot of things forward and in this case, it is going to be very difficult just by the sheer mathematics of it between the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, trying to get things through committee is going to be extremely difficult.”
Davies made reference to another analogy made by a colleague when it comes to the parties and the end result.
“If we were to relate this to the olympics, a silver and a bronze still don’t equal a gold. This is kind of what is being laid out ‘hey, we won now’.”
He says that while there is fragility moving forward, it doesn’t change his stance on representing constituents in Peace River North.
“My job hasn’t changed at the end of the day and that is going to be representing Peace River North and making sure that we have a voice in the legislature. That has not changed, that will not change.”