A new Mainstreet Research poll shows a significant surge in support for a party typically seen as an underdog in British Columbia. If a provincial election was held between August 29-31, 26.6% of the pollster's intel subscribers would have leaned towards or decided to vote for the Conservative Party of British Columbia (CPBC).
While the province's current NDP government held the onto the lead, ranking eight points ahead in the poll, the CPBC's 26.6% support was enough to place the party in second place, five points ahead of BC United, the province's current Opposition party.
“This is a very exciting time for the Conservative Party of BC. Polls are only a snap shot but the trend is very encouraging,” John Rustad, leader of the CPBC, wrote in a statement to Rebel News.
Earlier this year, Rustad, who is also the MLA for Nechacko-Lakes, was crowned leader of the revamped Conservative party. Ironically, the MLA was previously booted out of the BC United party (formally known as the BC Liberals) for retweeting a post that didn’t align with climate alarmism.
“The Conservative Party of BC is building a grassroots movement. As I’m travelling around BC, what I hear the most is people have had enough of the woke agenda and being taxed into poverty,” Rustad said. “They are looking for change and a party that will stand up for what’s right. I think this is reflected in the polling data.”
While it's true the only actual poll that matters is the vote that takes place in 2024's provincial election, this isn't the first sign that support for the CPBC is on the rise. Nor is it the first time that BC United, a party traditionally perceived to be a political coalition which includes a place for conservatives, would be wise to seriously consider what the CPBC is offering voters that they are not.
In June, when former BC NDP premier John Horgan’s MLA seat was awarded to the NDP’s Ravi Parmar, CPBC candidate Harris garnered the second highest amount of votes (20%) with the BC United’s candidate finishing fourth.
Rebel News reached out to BC United Leader Kevin Falcon to weigh in on this report and did not receive a response back.
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