Lib­er­als bow out of Su­per Bowl clash

The Province - - NEWS -

The B.C. Lib­er­als are on a los­ing streak.

The party, which ruled B.C. for 16 years be­fore los­ing a con­fi­dence vote this sum­mer to the NDP and Green party, planned to an­nounce its new leader on Feb. 4 at a con­ven­tion in Van­cou­ver.

That date hap­pens to be Su­per Bowl Sun­day.

Af­ter tak­ing crit­i­cism, the Lib­er­als called an au­di­ble Wed­nes­day. The party said its new leader will now be an­nounced Satur­day, Feb. 3, af­ter three days of vot­ing on­line and by tele­phone.

Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Nor­man Spec­tor was one of the crit­ics of the orig­i­nal date, sug­gest­ing on Twit­ter the Lib­er­als were con­ced­ing “the jock vote” to the NDP and Green party.

Province colum­nist Mike Smyth tweeted that the orig­i­nal choice of date was “su­per dumb.”

For­mer pre­mier Christy Clark trig­gered the lead­er­ship con­test when she stepped down as both party leader and a mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture.

— THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

The B.C. Lib­er­als need a new leader af­ter Christy Clark stepped down, and they now plan to choose one on the day be­fore the Su­per Bowl.

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