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Updated: BC Conservative Party leader John Cummins may have survived to fight another day as party leader.
Out of 1,104 votes, only 312 or 28 percent voted for a leadership review.
“Total no votes for a leadership election: 788. Percentage of no votes for an election, 71.4 percent.”
However, mere hours after the vote, the party's sole MLA, John van Dongen, has announced he will resign immediately as a Conservative and sit as an independent, saying he cannot be part of a party run by Cummins.
Van Dongen says Cummins doesn't seem to care if he stays or left, adding that the party leader doesn't listen to him.
While addressing reporters just prior to van Dongen's announcement, Cummins admitted differences between the two and said he was willing to iron them out.
The man who headed up an effort to oust Cummins is accepting the party’s will.
Ben Besler says Cummins has his support and the party is not divided.
"I’ve said I can work with Mr. Cummins if the membership elects me as president. Let's pick this party up and move it forward. I have no problems with that."
Meanwhile, one Liberal MLA Kevin Krueger says he's not surprised at all van Dongen has handed in his membership to the BC Conservatives.
"Within the last two years, I've seen him dramatically undermine Gordon Campbell, Christy Clark, now John Cummins, I think Mr. Cummins is utterly mistaken in his initiatives but still this is not all his doing because John seems to have a real tough time working on teams."
Krueger says he thinks van Dongen realizes the Conservative effort just splits the non-NDP coalition.