NEWS RELEASE · 7th October 2012
BC Conservative Party
"I'm not going anywhere," declares BC Conservative leader
John Cummins, Leader of the BC Conservatives, today declared his commitment to take his party to an historic victory in the 2013 provincial general election.
He also told party dissidents they had two days to either get in line or resign their membership in the BC Conservative Party.
"I am unwavering in my dedication to the BC Conservatives, and fully intend to lead my party into the next general election," he said.
"Those few but vocal party members who are critical of my leadership and do not support me have until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, to either get on-side or quit our party and join another."
Cummins also said that the BC Conservatives would refund the membership fees of any person who quit the party by the deadline, and also return any financial donations made within the last year.
"Since I became leader of the BC Conservatives in the Spring of 2011, our party has risen substantially in public opinion polls, and we have recruited outstanding individuals who will represent the party in the May 14, 2013 general election.
"Importantly, at our party's annual general meeting on September 22, a solid majority - more than 70 per cent - of members voted against a review of my leadership.
"Consequently, I foresee no circumstances under which I would not be leading the BC Conservatives to victory next May."
Al Siebring, President of the BC Conservatives, said that while the party encouraged open discussion and a diversity of opinion, the leadership issue had been settled by party members at the annual general meeting.
"We are going to contest the 2013 general election under John's leadership," said Siebring. "I simply will not allow our party to be distracted by a handful of dissidents who will not abide by the majority's decision, and personally will take all appropriate measures after noon Wednesday to ensure that we are united behind our leader."