BC Conservative Party AGM features former PMs and campaign style speech by MP John Cummins at AGM

Top photo – Conservative MP John Cummins; bottom photo – former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford & former BC premier Rita Johnston at BC Conservative Party AGM Saturday – Bill Tieleman photos

The mood at the BC Conservative Party’s annual general meeting Saturday in Vancouver could only be described as “ebullient,” with close to 200 delegates in attendance, including two former premiers, one sitting Member of Parliament and several more former MPs.

Keynote speaker
John Cummins, the federal Conservative MP from Delta-Richmond East gave an election campaign style speech in which he declared the growing party will be “the one to beat” in the 2013 provincial election.

With former BC premier Rita Johnston and former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford looking on, Cummins told the crowd that by the next election it will be the BC Liberals splitting the centre-right vote, not the Conservatives.

I will have a full report on Cummins speech – which contained warnings for both the BC Liberals and the New Democratic Party – and more in my column in 24 hours, The Tyee and this blog on Tuesday.

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