B.C. Liberals name legislator Shirley Bond as interim party leader

VICTORIA — Longtime legislature member Shirley Bond will serve as the B.C. Liberal party's interim leader after Andrew Wilkinson's resignation on Saturday.

Bond has been a member of the legislature since 2001, representing Prince George-Valemount, and served in cabinet, including as justice minister and deputy premier in the province's previous Liberal government.

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Bond says in a statement that she is looking forward to holding the NDP government accountable over the coming months.

The NDP won 57 seats in last month's provincial election to form a majority government.

The Liberals won 28 seats and the Greens two.

Wilkinson had previously said he would step down after a replacement was selected, but announced Saturday that it was time for him to leave the role after close to three years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

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