BC Liberal Leader Candidate Andrew Wilkinson Visits Prince Rupert

A candidate vying to be the leader for the BC Liberals is spending some time in the north.

Andrew Wilkinson spent the lunch hour Thursday in Prince Rupert talking with residents about why he should be the next leader of the party.

He says during his visits to the coastal city, he sees that Rupert is playing a vital role in the economy and ensure it will get the proper support from a BC Liberal government lead by him.

“We all know about the CN Rail Line and huge container port. It's one of the biggest ports on the west coast. This is very important as a shipping centre. It's the shipping centre for the North Coast. We have to make sure Prince Rupert is front and centre is we improve quality of living here and surrounding communities.”

Wilkinson discussed the future of LNG since two projects backed out of Prince Rupert last year.

He says he'll be closely watching what Shell does with its proposed facility in Kitimat and if it gets the green light, he believes it will spark renewed interest.

“If the BC Liberals form government again, we will be pursuing that actively unlike the NDP, who don't seem to care a lot about the future of LNG.”

The MLA is feeling good as the new leader will be picked on February third.

“I've got excellent support across the north, through the Kootenays, the Okanagan. I'm from Vancouver there's great, strong support there. We're also working hard on Vancouver Island. This campaign is a rising tide. We're doing really well.”

Wilkinson will also be in Smithers, Houston, Burns Lake and Vanderhoof Friday.