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Ex-Tory minister Stockwell Day backs B.C. Liberals in May election

Ex-Tory MP Stockwell Day is pictured in the House of Commons on March 24, 2011. Mr. Day is backing the B.C. Liberals in the coming provincial election.

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A former federal Conservative cabinet minister says he'll be supporting the B.C. Liberal Party in the upcoming provincial election.

Stockwell Day served as trade minister and public safety minister under Prime Minister Stephen Harper but didn't seek re-election in 2011.

This past October, he and former Conservative senator Gerry St. Germain told delegates at a Liberal convention that British Columbians had to unite under Premier Christy Clark to keep the New Democrats from office.

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Day says New Democratic policies will be bad for the economy, adding that when he was a provincial finance minister in Alberta in the 1990s, capital and human resources fled east from the NDP-governed B.C.

Now a current consultant living in the Okanagan, Day says he doesn't want to see that happen again and is volunteering in the most important election in B.C. in 50 years.

An Angus Reid poll released Monday found Clark and her governing Liberals had an approval rating of 25 per cent, down from 31 per cent just three months prior.

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