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Despite polling, Falcon rules out leading coalition

Deputy premier and finance minister Kevin Falcon said he was surprised to hear a polling company is testing public opinion on him as one of three possibilities to lead a "free enterprise coalition" in British Columbia.

"Is somebody floating my name?" he said. "I have no idea. It's the first time I've heard of it."

The Tyee reported this morning that participants in the May Angus Reid Forum online survey could say how they would vote in scenarios where a free enterprise coalition was led by Liberal leader Christy Clark, Conservative leader John Cummins, or Falcon.

"Regardless of whether someone's doing that or not, I can tell you I won't be a candidate," said Falcon. "I've already had my go at it, and I did my very best and the current premier won and I'm behind the current premier and there's no point in speculating on other alternatives because they don't exist for me."

The survey didn't say who, if anyone, hired the company to include the question.

Falcon came second behind Clark in last years' contest to lead the BC Liberal Party.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Find him on Twitter or reach him here.

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