Former Conservative Member of Parliament John Cummins is now the new leader of the B.C. Conservative Party.

Cummins was elected by party delegates during a gathering in Surrey, B.C. Saturday.

One of his first promises was to get rid of the controversial carbon tax if a B.C. Conservative government was elected.

Cummins says the tax -- implemented by the Gordon Campbell government in a plan to fight climate change -- adds more to the cost of everything, including gas, food and clothing.

He told the crowd his leadership brings a real choice for British Columbians, instead of the revolving door of Liberal and New Democrat governments.

While the party hasn't been a factor in provincial politics since 1933, organizers hope Cummins' leadership will draw more attention from voters.