Rick Peterson, a key member of Kevin Falcon’s campaign team, has defected to the BC Conservatives.
Peterson will join John Cummins’ Conservatives as Deputy Chair of the party’s Finance Committee. Translation: Peterson will be making the corporate rounds raising money for BC’s new flavour on the right.
Peterson ran for the BC Liberal nomination in Fairview in 2009 and has been active in Vancouver Civic Politics in the past several years. Early in 2011 Peterson was touted as a potential saviour for the NPA but declined to run for Mayor on their ticket.
As well, Peterson is highly connected to the BC wing of the Federal Conservative Party. Take that, Sara MacIntyre.
Seriously, Peterson’s defection is a real blow to the BC Christy Party and signals the struggle taking shape within BC’s Federal Tories regarding the BC Liberal government.
Do we dump Christy Clark, the apparent loser of the next election and Federal Liberal anyway and work to build the BC Conservatives into the “next time” party? Or do we unite behind the fool in the West Office to try and prevent even a single term NDP government? That’s what’s going down with BC’s Harperite insiders.
Peterson’s made his decision. And it’s a powerful one. An up and coming mover and shaker who puts on the Burgundy Club show once a month for other right of centre movers and shakers, Peterson has the connections to move some serious money Cummins’ way, reducing the BC Liberal pool at the same time.