Premier Christy Clark is singling out Burnaby as the decisive factor in winning the next provincial election.
Clark was speaking at a Liberal party lunch on Monday, at Domenico's Italian Restaurant in Burnaby Heights. There were roughly 100 people in attendance, many from the Italian community.
"You know how close all of these ridings were in the last election, and the only way we will win government is if we win the Burnaby ridings. So, no pressure, but really, it all depends on you," she said. "We need free enterprisers, people who care about the private sector, people who share our values, to really step up in this election campaign."
Clark also spoke about growing up in Burnaby with parents who had to balance the family budget and how she sees the government in a similar position, so that future generations aren't burdened with debt.
Clark also spoke to the crowd about Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Harry Bloy, who she described as a dear friend she's known since she was 10 years old.
"He's not running in next election, but he has made a tremendous, tremendous contribution for Burnaby and for the province," she said. "As a result of four or five years' hard work, Harry Bloy has finally gotten a permanent statue, a permanent memorial to all the firefighters who have died in the line of duty, onto the lawns of the people's house so that everyone who comes and visits can take a moment to remember the sacrifices those men and women make every single day, putting their lives on the line on our behalf - and that's just one of the things that Harry Bloy has accomplished in over 10 years in public life."
Gloria and Domenic Cuccione, who run the Michael Cuccione Foundation, helped organize the event, and Burnaby North MLA Richard Lee attended, as did Shian Gu, the new Liberal candidate for Burnaby-Deer Lake.