May 19, 2024
Rustad said given B.C. United’s poor polling results, “it’s not surprising they are a little concerned about the future.”

B.C.’s United and Conservative parties hold talks about co-operating to beat NDP government

Multiple polls show the Conservatives in second place, close behind Premier David Eby’s NDP, with United a distant third ahead of the Oct. 19 provincial election

B.C.’s two centre- right parties are holding private talks on co-operating to defeat the ruling B.C. NDP, their party leaders confirmed Tuesday. What that co-operation would look like remains unclear.It comes as the fourth poll in a row shows the Conservatives in second place, close behind Premier David Eby’s NDP, with United a distant third.United Leader Kevin Falcon said he won’t negotiate in public but acknowledged that “emissaries from both parties are having discussions to see if we can find common ground, recognizing that the real enemy is the NDP government.”

“Four more years of that government, I think will be, frankly, economically devastating for the province of British Columbia,” Falcon told reporters in Victoria Tuesday. “And that’s why we have to put aside our own egos, our own party issues, everything else, and just figure out whether there’s common ground.”

Conservative leader John Rustad said he hasn’t been approached directly about a potential merger, but said informal conversations have happened in recent days between “various business groups.”

“There is some potential between the two parties to be able to do some things, but it’s limited,” he said. “I’m always going to be open to having a discussion. At the end of the day, we want to be able to represent all people in British Columbia.”

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