Todd Stone kicks off BC Liberal leadership bid

Former transportation minister Todd Stone says the BC Liberals under Christy Clark were too focused on politics and not enough on listening to communities, and he maintains that as someone who has sat in cabinet and learned from those mistakes, he is best qualified to lead the party in a new direction.

“While we were seen as strong fiscal managers, we lost sight of why a strong economy is so important, why all families, all communities, needed to see the benefits of that strong economy,” Mr. Stone told a news conference on Tuesday in a Surrey park.

Mr. Stone also conceded that the party could have done better working with communities to find consensus on transportation planning. “There was too much tension, too much political calculation,” he said.