The B.C. Liberals will need to find a new leader.
Andrew Wilkinson announced on Saturday that he is stepping down from his role as leader of the Liberals.
“It is now time for me to leave the role of opposition leader, as the voters of British Columbia have made their preference clear. In doing so, I welcome the selection of an interim leader from our caucus and will fully support her or him as our caucus prepares to act as the Official Opposition once again,” he said in a lengthy post on Facebook.
The Liberals not only lost to the NDP in the October snap-election, but lost ridings they had traditionally won such as Richmond-Steveston, Parksville-Qualicum, and Abbotsford-Mission.
“In the recent election, the decision of the voters was clear – and I congratulate Premier John Horgan and his NDP colleagues on winning and forming the next Government of British Columbia,” Wilkinson said in his Facebook post.
Wilkinson, who replaced Christy Clark to become leader of the Liberals in 2017, had previously stated he would remain on as party leader until a successor was chosen. He will remain as an MLA, representing the Vancouver-Quilchena riding.
“My colleagues and I will serve as the Official Opposition, holding the government to account, as the essential function of the opposition is to pursue and ensure good governance on behalf of all the people of British Columbia,” he said.
The legislature is set to resume Dec. 7.