2020 Year-End Review, and a look ahead to 2021, with Conservative BC leader Trevor Bolin
General elections are tough enough, but a snap election in which a party builds and outperforms decades of previous election results is extremely gratifying and bodes well for the future
This holiday season has been about the ones we love, even though we weren’t able to spend it with friends and acquaintances – or even our extended family members – in the same way we have in the past.
As we say goodbye to 2020, a year which has been one of the most different and challenging in generations, let’s look to 2021 with renewed hope for health and prosperity.
2020 Party Highlights
One of the highlights for me, and indeed every member of BC’s Conservatives, was the increased recognition and encouragement our candidates received in October’s provincial election.
The party saw 170% growth in voter support, and the candidates representing us played a huge role in making that happen! The 30-day campaign showed British Columbians that we are capable. With only funding from our membership, and quality candidates, we demonstrated that the two-party system in BC is over.
I feel the election was a huge steppingstone both for me as the leader, and for the party’s acceptance by British Columbians across this vast province. General elections are tough enough, but a snap election in which a party builds and outperforms decades of previous election results is extremely gratifying and bodes well for the future.
Plans for 2021
This coming year will bring challenges and changes as we hold our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting and continue to build on our grassroots platform of “Made In BC” policies.
October’s election was just the beginning. We will continue our focus on building our riding associations across the province, and the infrastructure which will be needed to support a full slate of candidates next time out.
We will ensure that our message is heard by the media and our policies and commitment are communicated to British Columbians.
It will be a year of expansion as we build on the highest party membership in decades.
Regardless of the fact we will not have a place across from them in the BC Legislature, BC’s Conservatives will stay the course as we continue to hold Premier Horgan’s government accountable to the people and the communities they have been sworn to serve.
We will be there to ensure their actions provide for better education outcomes, improved health care, and support for all citizens of our province including working families, the homeless, the unemployed and under-employed, and those suffering from mental health and addictions issues.
And finally, we will hold the government accountable for creating an environment where BC companies can create long term jobs and support the economic well-being of our province.
We will continue to champion the resource industries -- forestry, mining, and energy -- that have been ignored and forgotten for far too long. We must ensure that industry stakeholders have representation and a voice.
We will continue listening to the needs of British Columbians, and the voices within our own communities, as we build for tomorrow.
We will continue to build the party, platform, and policies that will ultimately see us win a majority government in 2024.
We are grateful for the positive response we received from people in every corner of this great province, and for their commitment to work with us in building a movement for common sense and good governance.
BC’s Conservatives will continue to work hard over the next four years to show BC voters that we are their BEST choice.
We have so much to look forward to as proud British Columbians, and resilient Canadians, and while we have spent this holiday season different than we have before, one thing remains the same: the importance of being kind, and grateful, even in these trying times.
From my family to yours, best wishes for a better year in 2021.
Trevor Bolin, Leader