Dan Brooks Resigns as Leader of BC Conservatives
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Conservative Party is looking for a new leader.
This after Dan Brooks abruptly resigned Monday. The Vanderhoof native was elected to the volunteer post in April 2014 noting the timing was right.
“It was the right thing to do for the party, the right thing to do for my family and the right thing to do for my business,” he said, addding he held the job on a volunteer basis until he felt he needed to get back to running his own tourism resort last summer which he admits caused him some grief.
“There was a bit of an outcry from within the party that said ‘where’s Brooks? He’s sort of gone AWOL on us,’ and I had,” he said.
“So after that I basically came to the conclusion that this was taking a terrible toll on my family. I wasn’t the leader I wanted to be and I couldn’t be the father I wanted to be either.”
He says he didn’t make the decision because he thought the party’s chances were futile.
“No, absolutely not. In fact I still intend to run in 2017 if I win the nomination in Nechako Lakes but the Conservatives do have an uphill battle,” said Brooks.
“Perhaps with a new leader, with a higher profile, I’m hoping some federal Conservatives will come forward – to join the movement and revive the Conservatives. With something of that nature I think they can be very competitive in 2017.”
As for what’s next, Brooks has agreed to stay on as leader until the party holds its Annual General Meeting in Richmond on February 20.
“I cannot support the BC Conservative Party myself, independently, it has to come from the broader province and with a new leader they will be able to make a breakthrough.”