While the provincial legislature breaks for a week, candidates running for the liberal leadership have scattered and some are here in the northwest.
Mike Bernier MLA for Peace River South was in Prince Rupert and Thornhill Tuesday. Wednesday he will be in Kitimat and Thursday he will make stops in Smithers, Burns Lake and Hazelton.
Bernier says he can make himself more electable by being able to bridge the gap between rural and urban voters. Bernier notes the dream of LNG has faded while expenditures are down in the mining sector. That means jobs are on the line and that is causing a lot of anxiety among northwestern voters.
The former minister under the Clark government, Bernier has ties around the province including to Terrace and Prince Rupert which he feels gives him an edge over his competitors in the race to replace Christy Clark.
Terrace business consultant, Lucy Sagen, is the dark horse in the race to lead the liberals. She is the lesser known of the eight contenders, but she says real world experience like living both on and off reserves as well as running a small business gives her an edge. She operated Outspoken Bike Shop in Terrace before the economy went south and the business went with it.