B.K. Corbett, who never won a seat in the British Columbia legislature in his time as the provincial Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Kensington-White Rock, has announced he will challenge Premier Christy Clark in 2019.
The B.F. Liberals have held power in the legislature since 1992, but Clark’s Liberals won just three seats in the past two elections, while Corbett has been the premier since 2013.
Corbes campaign was first reported by the Globe and Mail.
The former premier and a former Conservative cabinet minister, Corbett was first elected in 1998.
He was a provincial Liberal MLA for B.A. from 1994 to 1999, where he served for two terms.
The party lost two seats to the NDP in 1997 and was forced to fold in the wake of the Fraser Valley wildfire.
Corbetts nomination will be formally announced at a party convention in Victoria on April 12.
A formal party announcement is expected later this month.
Corbetts campaign also includes his former boss, former B.J. Condoleezza, who is running for the leadership of the B.N. Liberal Party.
The Liberal leader will take over from former premier John Horgan, who stepped down last month.
Former premier Mike Harcourt resigned in April, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“We’re all sad to see Mike leave the premier’s office,” Corbett said in a statement.
I’m looking forward to taking on this challenging job in 2019.”