BC Conservative Leader John Rustad stands by MLA Lorne Doerkson during an announcement Friday that Doerkson is switching parties, leaving BC United behind.

by Robert Buffam


May 31, 2024

Lorne Doerkson, the MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin, has crossed the floor to join the ranks of the BC Conservatives.

Doerkson made the announcement Friday, flanked by BC Conservative Leader John Rustad.

He called it the hardest decision of his life – one motivated by the inability of BC United and the BC Conservatives to strike a deal to work together in advance of the upcoming October election, as well as pressure from his constituents, keen to see a Conservative in their riding.

“Recent events have really shown that my residents…want a Conservative to represent them,” said Doerkson. “I think they really feel as though that is the only alternate party to the NDP right now.”

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