Don Silversides, the Prince Rupert based Acting Party President noted of the path forward for a new leader when the Party makes its selection in February of 2022“Only with openness and transparency can the work of rebuilding and renewing our party continue and this important review of the 2020 provincial election campaign will help us achieve these goals and revitalize the party. That’s why we are releasing the report to our members and the public today. With the race for a new leader underway, it’s important for members to have this information as we chart a new path forward for the party.”
Given the state of public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was limited ability to conduct public events, recruit and mobilize volunteers, or do anything that could create a sense of political momentum. Other elections that occurred during the pandemic in 2020, notably in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, showed a huge advantage for incumbent governments.
The report includes a number of quotes from the BC Liberal party membership which noted how hard it was for then leader Wilkinson to 'break into the narrative' as well as to note that they party had not been properly been prepared for the call of the election or the campaign that followed.“The BC Liberals should have been working harder. There is no defense for the lack election preparedness. When in opposition, you should always be ready for an election.”- A comment from a Survey respondent
Other comments noted that the BC Liberals had underestimated the support level for the BC Greens and BC Conservatives, a mistake that they suggest indicated that the party leadership had not bee aware of the most threatening competitors in many ridings.
The Election platform also left many of the party membership concerned that the party had missed the mark when it came to message making.
“Create a platform that represents what British Columbians actually want. I feel like this platform did not connect with either party members or voters at large.”