The BC Liberal Party will change its name to BC United
< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">The new leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party, Kevin Falcon, was elected in February 2022.
The Party BC Liberal announces that it will officially change its name to BC United after a majority of 'yes' votes from its membership.
In total, 80% of the members of the political party, or more than 8,000 people, voted in favor of this transformation.
The ratification of the new name will take place at the beginning of 2023.
This wind of change was initiated at the beginning of the year by the new leader of the Liberals, Kevin Falcon, during the leadership race.
“For over 20 years, the name of our party was subject to debate.
—Kevin Falcon, Leader of the BC Liberal Party
The Liberal leader says he is excited for the party to be renamed to reflect our unity, our desire to bring people together and our commitment to improving the lives of British Columbians, a- he said.
Caroline Elliott, the vice-president of the party, points out that this new name is only part of the political renewal started among the Liberals, who lost a large number of seats in the last provincial election in the fall of 2020. .
According to Nicolas Kenny, professor of history at Simon Fraser University, this name change means several things: Change of leader, change of name, the party wishes to breathe a new identity and avoid confusion with the Liberal Party of Canada, it is an idea that has been hovering for a long time.
Like others, the political observer believes that the BC Liberal Party is looking to move a little further to the right of the political spectrum, citing Kevin Falcon's affinity with the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre.
In the eyes of Norm Letnick, Liberal MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, it's the connection of Kevin Falcon with the people who will ultimately be the most important factor facing new New Democratic Party leader David Eby in the upcoming provincial election, which will be held no later than October 19, 2024.