Fresh from the B.C. Conservative Party AGM in Vernon, leadership candidate Rick Peterson visits Kamloops on Friday.
Peterson, 59, and Dan Brooks are so far the only declared candidates in the contest to succeed John Cummins as party leader.
He will be at Frankly Coffee, 437 Lansdowne St., from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and at ABC Restaurant, 1835 Rogers Place, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
An investment dealer, Peterson is a former journalist who at one time directed the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa-based think-tank. Three years ago, he founded the Burgundy Luncheon Club, a nonpartisan forum for political, social and cultural debate that raises funds for after-school care.
Peterson told party members on Saturday that the AGM was the turning point for building the party, which was unable to elect a single candidate in May’s provincial election.
The candidates have been lining up endorsements like post-Olympic athletes.
Brooks, who visited Kamloops a couple of weeks ago, is campaigning as the Interior B.C. candidate. After the weekend AGM, he announced endorsements from Peter Sharp, who ran under the B.C. Conservative banner in Kamloops-South Thompson last spring, and Nando Di Lorenzo, present of the party’s Kamloops-South Thompson constituency.
“Like him, I believe British Columbia’s politics must bring a greater focus on residents who live outside the Lower Mainland,” Sharp said in a news release.