FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Kevin Falcon visited the Peace region over the weekend, making stops in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

Currently, Falcon is running for the leader of the BC Liberal Party, with support from South Peace MLA Mike Bernier.

The events had great turnouts with residents being very interested in what’s happening in the province, according to Falcon. He says many participants also understood why the party lost last year and what it would take to win.

“As frustrating as it can be, for folks in the north, to know that the south is going to be really critical to our electoral prospects. That is the reality,” said Falcon.

Falcon mentions his goal is to win the leadership role and be the next Premier, that way, he can defend the natural resource sector.

The Taylor bridge is a major issue for Falcon, a former Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, saying he is committed to getting the bridge replaced.

“I rarely make commitments, especially when I’m just running to be the leader of the opposition. But the one thing I’ve been very clear about committing to is replacing the Taylor bridge.”

Another topic brought up during the meeting was healthcare and the struggle in rural northern communities.

“I would say health care was a big issue. There’s a real and I’ve heard this, not just in the Peace but everywhere I’ve been travelling, especially in northern rural British Columbia, the healthcare system is failing residents.”

Falcon also commented on the representation of Northern B.C. being downsized and more seats being available in the southern part of the province.

“We’re gonna fight like hell over this issue because to me, this is a huge issue. The folks in the south, we have to educate them. To understand just how different it is to represent a rural riding that, you know, can be the size of a European country.”

Falcon is among six candidates running for leadership of the B.C. Liberals along with Skeena MLA Ellis Ross, Gavin Dew, Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee, CEO of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce Val Litwin, and MLA for Kelowna-Mission Renee Merrifield.

The winner of the leadership race is expected to be announced on February 5th, 2022.