Conservative Leader Trevor Bolin fails to win seat in Peace River North
VANCOUVER -- The leader of the BC Conservatives has failed to win a seat in the legislature for his riding.
Trevor Bolin, who ran in Peace River North, lost to Liberal incumbent Dan Davies, according to the CTV News results team.
"We didn't win any seats, but we certainly accomplished what we set out to do, which was to insure that we were able to talk to literally tens of thousands of British Columbians about a different way of representing," Bolin said after the results came in.
"At the end of the day, everybody who wants to get involved in government wants to make changes they feel will represent people."
In 2017, Davies won with a comfortable lead of almost 7,000 votes and served as the opposition critic for education.
In 2012, the Conservatives had a representative in the legislature when Liberal MLA John van Dongen crossed the aisle to the Conservatives. He resigned from the party just months later.
The last time a BC Conservative was actually elected to the legislature, however, was in 1975.
"This is just the beginning. We've got four years now to build, to listen and to ensure that people understand the difference we can make in government," Bolin said.
"For us, it's about ensuring the communication is open, the party's transparent and that we continue to be a presence in B.C."