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Another political party needed in BC: Gordon Wilson

Former British Columbia Liberal leader Gordon Wilson is floating the idea of bringing back the Progressive Democratic Alliance.

“If HST comes to be and aprroval given for Site C it will be clear for all to see, we need new government in BC,” he wrote on his Facebook page (his spellings and punctuation retained here). “Sadly though I have to say, I can't see it headed by Carol J. So 2013, E-day in May, maybe we should offer the PDA.”

The 18 people who had responded so far were mainly enthusiastic, though a few argued that it is unfair to dismiss Carole James and the New Democratic Party as an alternative to Gordon Campbell's Liberal government.

Wilson responded, “I watched Carole (with an e) in the Legislature Q-period and I have to say it was tragic. Sorry - but it really was.”

Asked last week during his visit to the legislature if he was planning a comeback, he joked (it seemed) that he was there to re-register the PDA.

In the 1996 election the PDA won less than six percent of the popular vote. Wilson, the only PDA candidate to win a seat, joined the NDP in 1997.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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