NEWS RELEASE · 14th September 2011
BC Conservative Party
John Cummins, Leader of the BC Conservative Party, spoke about federal NDP leadership candidate and Provincial NDP Election Co-Chair, Brian Topp's plan to give more seats to Quebec in the House of Commons.
"Mr. Topp has suggested Quebec should get extra seats in the House of Commons because in his view the province is somehow special. BC is under-represented in the House of Commons, not Quebec. By giving Quebec more seats in the House, as the NDP would have us do, this problem is exacerbated."
As a Member of Parliament, and now as the leader of the BC Conservatives, Mr Cummins has stood up for fair representation. The question before the BC NDP is, will their party do the same?
"Adrian Dix's election campaign co-chair believes BC should be under-represented in the House of Commons. Given Mr. Dix's silence on this matter, we assume that he agrees with his co-chair. What about NDP MLA's John Horgan, Dawn Black and Michelle Mungall who have endorsed Mr. Topp as national leader."
Cummins noted that Premier Clark's Liberal government has failed to take the lead on this issue.
"Simply calling on Adrian Dix to lobby NDP Members of Parliament on this issue is a cop out. Premier Clark is a lifelong federal Liberal - she should be demanding Bob Rae and her Liberal friends stand up for British Columbia."
"The BC Conservatives are the only party to unequivocally support BC getting its fair share of seats in the House of Commons, with no special deals for any province."