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Liberals focusing on economic, community health during B.C. election: leader

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 10:34 am PDT

FILE: BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson answers questions from the media following the speech from the throne in the legislative assembly in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson gave a campaign speech at UBCM on Wednesday

Wilkinson said the party's promised platform will be ready soon as he's vying for support

he leaders of the NDP and BC Greens are to make speeches at the UBCM on Thursday

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) — What was supposed to be an address to the Union of B.C. Municipalities from Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson on Wednesday become a campaign speech.

“Our two key priorities are very clear: to rebuild the health of our communities and to rebuild the economic health of our communities through our recovery plan,” he said.

“You’ll be hearing more about that in the days to come as the election unfolds.”

On Monday, Premier John Horgan’s requestion for a fall election amind the COVID-19 pandemic was granted. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Wilkinson said the party’s promised platform will be ready soon as he’s vying for support.

“We are going to present British Columbians with a plan to get more people back to work, a plan to make it easier for moms and dads to get to work while raising a family, a plan roll back the terrible toll of drug addiction that we are seeing unfold on our streets every day,” he added.

“I, of course, hope to have your political support on Oct. 24th, but I respect your decision to do that privately and on your own. I would be happy to take your name,” he added.

The leaders of the NDP and BC Greens are to make speeches at the UBCM on Thursday.

Because of the pandemic, Elections BC has been making preparations for months, to ensure voting can be done safely. Voters will also be able to use mail-in and advanced polling options more this year than in the past to cast ballots.

Elections BC anticipates up to 35 per cent of votes cast in the upcoming provincial election will be mailed-in, up from the typical one per cent normally seen during an election.