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Conservative candidate John Martin steps to the podium to concede to NDP candidate Gwen O'Mahony at his campaign office in Chilliwack, B.C., on April 19, 2012.
Conservative candidate John Martin steps to the podium to concede to NDP candidate Gwen O'Mahony at his campaign office in Chilliwack, B.C., on April 19, 2012.
(DARRYL DYCK for The Globe and Mail)

B.C. Liberals gain candidate who ran for Conservatives in by-election

The B.C. Conservative candidate in the Chilliwack-Hope by-election five months ago has defected to the B.C. Liberal party.

John Martin, who placed third in the by-election in April, says he will seek the B.C. Liberal nomination for the May 2013 general election in the seat vacated by John Les, the B.C. Liberal MLA who is not running again.