Todd Stone: the next generation?

SUNSHINE COAST – Todd Stone brought his pitch for generational change to Sechelt Dec. 21, the latest in a string of visits by candidates vying to lead the BC Liberal Party after Christy Clark stepped down last summer.

And, in an interview with Coast Reporter, the former minister of transportation in Clark’s government also gave his take on the recent Sunshine Coast fixed link study, BC Ferries service and fares, and the struggle to convince Ottawa that ferries on the Pacific coast deserved the same level of subsidy as Atlantic ferries.

At age 45, Stone, the MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson since 2013, says he’s “the youngest guy in the race by at least 10 years” and represents a new generation of leadership that’s needed to “really rejuvenate, renew, refresh” the party.

“I sit in the Legislature and I look across the floor at eight New Democrats elected that are under the age of 40. We have zero under the age of 40 – I’m one of the youngest on our side. They have more women. They have seven South Asian MLAs; we have one. They have five Chinese; we have two. Just to give you an example.”

As leader, Stone said, “I will be making a particular effort at reaching out to young people, women and also making efforts to ensure that we’re more diverse. That means inviting people in at every level of the party – the executive, the board – and recruiting great young candidates, great women candidates, great diverse candidates, and running them in ridings they can win.”