For Immediate Release:
WHITE ROCK (September 22, 2022) – BC Liberal MLA-elect Elenore Sturko released the following statement today on the allegations surrounding the BC NDP’s leadership contest:
“It is incredibly disheartening to see Anjali Appadurai being subjected to backroom politicking and a bullying campaign by David Eby and his old boys’ network in the NDP.
“It has been obvious for weeks now that David Eby and the party elite have already decided to force her out of the race.
“Not unlike Anita McPhee — who was disqualified from running for the NDP as a woman of colour to allow the hand-picked and equity mandate-violating Nathan Cullen to run — history is about to be repeated with the coronation of David Eby.
“David Eby himself said he was ‘frustrated’ by being challenged — clearly, his entire campaign relied on backroom deals to prevent any real competition.
“As someone new to politics, I can attest to how difficult it is for women to put their name forward — particularly as a woman from a minority community.
“While the NDP’s 57-seat caucus sits back and watches this happen without speaking up, I know the importance of allyship and speaking up when you see something wrong.”