Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Conservative Leader Resigns; Party to Pick New Leader

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Conservative Leader Resigns; Party to Pick New Leader

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B.C. Conservative leader steps down

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VANCOUVER - The head of British Columbia Conservatives says he's resigning as leader due to family and business responsibilities.

Dan Brooks was elected leader on April 12, 2014, taking over from John Cummins after the party's disappointing finish in the 2013 provincial election.

Brooks says it has been an honour to serve, but the leadership is a volunteer position and he has a business and a family to support.

His business, a tourism resort in north-central B.C., means Brooks is an absentee leader for much of the summer, and he says members want somebody who is more active.

The B.C. Conservatives garnered 4.8 per cent of the popular vote during the 2013 provincial election and failed to win a seat.

Brooks says he will serve as interim leader until the party's annual general meeting in Richmond on Feb. …

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