B.C. Conservatives lose only MLA over leadership squabble
John van Dongen watches speeches at the B.C. Conservative Party AGM on Sept. 22, 2012. (CTV)
Published Monday, September 24, 2012 7:25AM EDT
LANGLEY, B.C. - B.C. MLA John van Dongen has resigned from the B.C. Conservatives after party members voted against a leadership review.
Van Dongen says that he cannot continue in the party while it's led by John Cummins.
Van Dongen, who bolted from the governing Liberals to the Conservatives, says he will sit as an Independent in the legislature.
Seventy per cent of party members who cast ballots during the party's convention in Langley today voted against a review.
A group calling itself Friends of the B.C. Conservative Party, led by current party vice-president Ben Besler, wanted members to vote for a leadership review.
Besler had raised concerns through emails about Cummins' leadership style.