British Columbia

B.C. Liberal convention underway in Vancouver

The B.C. Liberal convention takes place this weekend — a chance to showcase new candidates for the upcoming election this May.

Meeting is a chance to showcase new candidates for election next May

The B.C. Liberal convention is underway in Vancouver this weekend. (Emile Scheffel/Twitter)

The B.C. Liberal convention takes place this weekend —  a chance to showcase new candidates for the upcoming election this May.

"If we ever want to be a really just society, our institutions need to reflect 21st century Canada," said Jas Johal, a candidate for Richmond-Queensborough. 

Johal, a long-time broadcast journalist, is part of a new crop of politicians preparing for the 2017 election. 

So far, the B.C. Liberals have nominated 60 out of 87 candidates. The B.C. NDP have only 16 potential MLAs in place.

"It's insignificant," said B.C. NDP leader John Horgan. "I think the beauty of a fixed election date is people don't need to disrupt their lives years before."

Presenters at the convention on Saturday included Jim Messina, Obama's 2012 campaign manager and former White House deputy chief of staff, and former vice-president of media at Twitter, Kirstine Stewart.

So far, some of the resolutions passed include support for legalizing ride-hailing, also known as ride-sharing, in the province and improving access to youth mental health services. 

With files from Richard Zussman

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