I've championed the community participation and political involvement of diverse British Columbians for my whole life. I'm not new to this fight, from my work on Chinese head tax redress to my lifelong involvement with countless community and multicultural organizations that build a better BC.
As a leadership candidate, I'm proud to have recruited so many diverse supporters to our party to join Team Michael and commend all leadership teams for their efforts to grow our political movement.
First and foremost, we must restore trust so we can best serve everyone in our province. All British Columbians, including those from racialized communities, need to know that our party can be trusted and act with integrity. That starts with this leadership race.
We must ensure that every membership and vote, as we select our new leader, is legitimate and follows the rules - so those who are joining our party for the first time can have confidence that their vote matters and won't be cheapened by old-school political tactics from the past including non-compliance with party rules. All members who legitimately meet the membership criteria must be able to have a say, as their voices make us stronger.
It's the responsibility of our campaigns and of the BC Liberal Party to ensure that every membership belongs to a legitimate individual who is: aware of their membership, who they say they are, living at the address that has been provided to the party, meeting the requirements for having valid email and phone contact information on file, and intending to cast their own vote - all of which are consistent rules set out by the party for every member.
Electing a new leader in the right way will start us on our journey to regain the trust of British Columbians. I'm excited for the work ahead and hope you'll join me in this effort so we can win the next BC election.