Wilkinson to address media on Monday afternoon

The B.C. Liberal leader is coming off an election in which his party lost to the NDP, giving up more than a dozen seats as the New Democrats claimed a majority. If he announces his resignation as leader, possible contenders for the slot are rumoured to be Todd Stone, Diane Watts and Kevin Falcon.

Amid speculation he will step down after his B.C. Liberal Party lost more than a dozen seats in Saturday’s provincial election, leader Andrew Wilkinson will hold a press conference on Monday (Oct. 26) at 2 p.m.

There have been at least one B.C. Liberal candidate calling for Wilkinson to step down after the staggering defeat, while various pundits have said resigning is the next logical step for the Vancouver-Quilchena MLA who succeeded Christy Clark in a 2018 leadership race that featured Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone.

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If Wilkinson does announce that he is stepping down, speculation will turn to the contenders to the throne. Possibilities include Stone, former Surrey Mayor Diane Watts and former B.C. Liberal minister of finance Kevin Falcon, who ran and lost to Clark in the 2011 leadership race to succeed Gordon Campbell.

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