Dan Brooks loses job as B.C. Conservative leader for a second time

Dan Brooks has been stripped of the leadership of the B.C. Conservative Party, a post he won for a second time just five weeks ago.

Brooks said Thursday night he was notified earlier in the day that the party's board had decided to declare the leadership vacant.

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"They have retroactively denied my candidacy on a technicality," he said.

The board is required to approve all leadership candidates and approved his candidacy last summer. He went on to win the contest in September. But it was subsequently determined there weren't the required number of directors present for the vote. The party has been arguing about how to handle the issue for the last few weeks.

"You can't make this stuff up," he said.

Brooks became leader in 2014 but resigned last January, partly out of concern over a lawsuit from a losing candidate. Then he announced in July his concerns had been addressed and he was running again for the post.

He said the board has been hostile to him since he won again. The hunting lodge operator said at this point he has no plans to contest the decision

"Being leader of the B.C. Conservatives is like being in an abusive relationship,"he said. "There is no safe house for me."

Party president Corbin Mitchell declined to comment.

B.C. Conservatives got five per cent of the vote in the 2013 provincial election.

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