BC Liberal leader Christy Clark steps up to meet Campbell River trucker Jacques Terry of Az-Tec Freight

Premier visits Campbell River in lead-up to election day

Liberal leader Christy Clark thinks Nick Facey has a good shot at winning the riding from the NDP's Claire Trevena

A welcoming party of truckers greeted Liberal leader Christy Clark who pulled into Campbell River Saturday morning.

More than 40 big trucks lined the airport road forming a welcoming party for Clark who was joined by BC Liberal candidates Nick Facey (North Island) and Don McRae (Comox Valley) .

The premier was here to promote the party’s message for a strong economy and leadership after touring Sealand Aviation.

“We know what built the North Island and the province – people, not government,” she told more than 150 supporters inside the hanger. “Our message is clear. B.C. needs strong leadership for a strong economy. Weak leadership means a weak economy, which is why people are increasingly concerned about Adrian Dix and the NDP.”

The Liberals have been gaining momentum in the polls against the leading NDP, and Clark voiced her support for Facey who’s running against NDP incumbent Claire Trevena.

“I think we have the chance to win this riding for the first time since 2001,” Clark said. “Nick may only be 26, but he takes responsibility.”

The premier also emphasized the stark contrast between the Liberals and New Democrats. She characterized the Dix led NDP as the “path of no,” as in a government which would say “no” to economic growth, the private sector and limiting government spending.

“Adrian Dix wants to be premier and the rest of us are wondering why,” said Clark.

The premier intends to spend Mother’s Day at her son’s baseball game and encouraged people to vote.

The provincial election is Tuesday.