Donald A. Silversides is the vice-president of the B.C. Liberal Party and was recently appointed to be on the rules committee for the leadership race. (Contributed photo)

Donald A. Silversides is the vice-president of the B.C. Liberal Party and was recently appointed to be on the rules committee for the leadership race. (Contributed photo)

Rupert represented in rules committee for B.C. Liberal leadership race

Don Silversides is part of the four-person committee to set the framework for selecting a new leader

The rules of the race to find a new leader for the B.C. Liberal Party are being pieced together, and Prince Rupert resident Don Silversides has been appointed to the rules committee.

Christy Clark resigned as leader of the B.C. Liberals on July 28, after holding the position for six and a half years. On Sunday, August 20, the party put the wheels in motion for the procedures of the upcoming leadership race.

“We are working very hard on this and we are hoping that within a week’s time we’ll be able to make public the rules that we’re going to adopt for that purpose and the executive of the Liberal Party has delegated that power to us to do as a small committee,” Silversides said.

Although there have been speculations on who will run, no one has come forward officially as a date has not yet been set.

The successful candidate will be decided by a party vote. In British Columbia there will be one vote per member in each of the 87 ridings.

“The decisions by the members of the Liberal Party here in the North Coast riding would have equal weight in selecting the new leader as say the members in the Vancouver riding,” he said.

The three other members of the rules committee are the president of the party Sharon E. White from Vancouver, chair Luke Strimbold from Burns Lake and constitutional advisor Frank Carson from Victoria.

Silversides is a lawyer at the Silversides, Seidemann and Kucher firm in Prince Rupert, and he is currently in his fourth year and serving his second term as vice-president of the party. He has been a member of the party since 1971.