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Cummins mulls leadership of provincial conservatives

Longtime Delta-Richmond East MP not in favour of spring federal vote
John Cummins

Could Delta-Richmond East MP John Cummins become the next leader of a revived B.C. Conservative Party?

Possibly, says the long-time federal politician, who adds a decision to make the jump to the provincial scene could come in the coming weeks.

"I have been getting a lot of pressure from the folks with the provincial conservatives, and of course I have to discuss this with my wife and other supporters," Cummins said from Ottawa Thursday (March 10).

He said much of what will colour his decision is the political climate in the nation's capital which currently has been running rampant with rumours of a spring national election.

Cummins said going to the polls in Canada would not be the right move at the moment for the Harper government and could likely have a negative backlash for the ruling party with what he called the public's "limited appetite" for a vote.

On the provincial scene Cummins is already an advisor with the provincial conservatives who he said would offer B.C. voters a clearer choice on the political spectrum.

"British Columbians deserve a better choice than the (B.C.) liberals saying to vote for them or you get the NDP," Cummins said.

Cummins, who turns 69 on Saturday (March 12), was first elected MP in Delta in 1993 as a Reform Party member.

He was re-elected in 1997 and 2000 as a Canadian Alliance member, and since 2004 has been under the banner of the Conservative Party of Canada.