It is evident that British Columbians would like an alternative party to vote for, and the BC Conservatives appear to have an opportunity to grow. In fact, a recent poll shows that the Conservatives' support is at 18 percent, compared to the 2 percent of the popular vote they received in the most recent provincial election (2009). In may, the party elected John Cummins as its leader, and his ideas are allowing him to gain support.
A proposed rapid transit line in the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Port Moody, called the Evergreen Line, is at the heart of an issue for which John Cummins has received recent media attention. An increase in the gas tax has been proposed as the method by which to pay for this tranist line. However, Cummins is saying that the line can be payed for by municipalities, which could make butget cuts to pay for the line.
That Mustel poll was taken in May. It showed the Liberals on top with 37 per cent support, the NDP right behind with 35 per cent, and the B.C. Conservatives in third with 18 per cent.
That's an 11-point jump for the Conservatives since December. Who knows how high Tory support could grow, as gas-tax grumpiness grows?
"It's not just the Lower Mainland," said Cummins. " People are fed up with high taxes everywhere. They know they're being pinched. No one has been standing up for them."
He said the party's membership is growing. Donations are increasing. The plan to run candidates in every riding is on pace.
And the Liberals are sweating, because they know Cummins could split the right-wing vote, and allow the New Democrats to sneak back into power.Who knows how high Conservative Party support will grow? I am optimistic that their policies will be popular with British Columbians, and their popularity will grow as more people believe that they might be able to win some seats. Both current major BC parties support the gas tax.