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BC United MLA crosses floor to join Conservative Party of BC

‘Our province and its people are worse off today than they were just 7 years ago’: Sturko
Elenore Sturko has changed parties, leaving the BC United party for the Conservative Party of BC. The Surrey South MLA says the move is needed in order to defeat the NDP in the upcoming provincial October. (File photo)

A Semiahmoo Peninsula MLA has crossed the floor to join a different party.

Surrey South MLA Elenore Sturko has left BC United and joined the Conservative Party of BC in an effort to “rebuild the coalition that’s needed to defeat the NDP.”

Sturko, a former RCMP spokesperson and military veteran, was elected in a byelection in 2022, winning 52 percent of the vote.

“It’s easy to dismiss the polls, but it’s impossible to dismiss what I hear on the doorstep when I’m talking to voters,” said Sturko.

“Like the voters in my riding, I don’t believe the NDP deserve to win the next election, but when we split the vote we are handing them an election win, and four more years of a David Eby government that has not delivered on housing, public safety, affordability, health care, education, or mental health and addictions,” Sturko said in a release.

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“Our province and its people are worse off today than they were just seven years ago when the NDP came to power. By every single measure the NDP has failed British Columbians, and splitting the vote will only reward them with an election victory they don’t deserve.”

Sturko said she “thought long and hard” about making the move to the BC Conservatives and believes that “a real coalition for common sense change” is the key to winning the next election.

“On the biggest issues, including affordable housing, cancelling decriminalization of deadly drugs, fixing our broken health-care system, making our streets safe, and putting our natural resources to work growing jobs and our economy, the Conservatives make sense as that new coalition,” said Sturko.

“The BC Conservatives grassroots coalition is resonating with British Columbians as the party that can beat the NDP and bring back common sense to Victoria.”

Conservative leader John Rustad said Sturko will be “a terrific addition to the team, and a practical example of the grassroots coalition that is growing across the province.”

“Elenore’s decision to join us reinforces that we are building a big tent, with room for everyone who wants to defeat the NDP and elect a common sense government that respects taxpayers hard earned wages,” said Rustad. “In the legislature, Elenore has distinguished herself by holding the government to account for its failed decriminalization of deadly drugs that has hurt every neighbourhood and community in our province.”

Rustad added on these issues, and many others, that David Eby and the NDP have failed British Columbians and made the province unaffordable, rationed health care, raised taxes, and made it impossible to do business or get anything done in British Columbia.

Sturko said she is committed to defeating the NDP and rebuilding BC’s economy, because “a strong economy makes everything possible.”

“I felt an obligation to put everyday, hardworking British Columbians first, the same way WAC Bennett, Bill Bennett, Gordon Campbell, and Christy Clark did,” said Sturko. “In B.C., the big-tent coalition wins elections, and has a record of delivering for British Columbians. I want to help John Rustad build that grassroots coalition of conservatives, liberals, and independents into a winning team that can repair the damage caused by the NDP and their mismanagement and incompetence. British Columbians deserve more, and I believe the BC Conservatives can deliver that common sense change that everyday, hardworking people are looking for.”

Elenore Sturko will be running in Surrey-Cloverdale for the Conservative Party of BC.

More to come…

Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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