BC Liberal Party Leadship Candidate Mike Bernier Tours the Northwest

MLAs vying for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party are taking advantage of their week off from the legislature by hitting the road.

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is spending the week with stops in the northwest, including at Cowpuccino's Coffee House in Prince Rupert to get to know residents.

Bernier believes he can be the next leader of the party by having a good understanding of the needs for both the urban and rural parts of the province.

"When you look at what's happened with LNG, when you hearing what's happened with some of the mining companies that are slowing down. Those are jobs. Those are family supporting jobs that the people up here and all parts of the province need. There is an anxious feeling with people right now."

Bernier believes he has a number of qualities that allows him to standout against the other candidates.

"It's really about talking about the connections I have to both the urban and rural BC. I have connections to the grassroots to the party. I've been a member for 15 years. It's all about getting out there and listening to people."

Bernier has roots in different parts of the province, including Prince Rupert and Terrace.

He believes that will help him win votes.

"I used to work for Pacific Northern Gas. I have lots of friend and lots of friend around here. The message has been great here but, I need to spread that around the province. I know it will be tough and a lot of work. I'm up for the challenge."

He says a key for success will be listening to residents while campaigning. He notes that's one of the reasons why some voters did not cast their ballots for the Liberals in the last election.