BC Liberal John van Dongen has just announced he is ‘crossing the floor’ to the BC Conservative Party.
From van Dongen’s House speech today:
To this day, Mr. Speaker, there are still serious unanswered questions regarding the writing-off of 6 million dollars in legal fees in the BC Rail case contrary to government policy. Questions I have been asking for a year-and-a-half, and questions the Auditor General is seeking answers to through the courts.(see here)
I had written last March that he was in conversations with the BC Conservatives to jump ships and was idiotically called a “conspiracy theorist” by the BC Con spokesperson who I believe has since been removed.
Van Dongen was very unhappy with Clark winning the Liberal leadership so it wasn’t much of a surprise that he was talking with the BC Cons and has made this move now as Christy Clark was backing another candidate to take van Dongen’s nomination away from him.
Regardless of all the animosity between Clark and van Dongen, this is a huge coup for John Cummins and the BC Cons and a devastating blow to Clark and the Liberals.
How many more will be leaving this sinking Liberal ship may be the only question now and if I was a betting man, I’d put a wager on Randy Hawes being next.