With the B.C. legislature on a post-Thanksgiving break, B.C. Liberal leadership candidates are gearing up their efforts to sign up new members and convince party veterans they're the best choice to replace Christy Clark.
Stone begins his run with a series of events Tuesday, in Surrey, Victoria and then a rally in his home town.
The Kamloops-South Thompson MLA, who serves as his party's municipal affairs critic, said while he was proud of his party's many economic accomplishments while in government, it learned some "tough lessons" in the last election and "true leadership" means recognizing that.
"He came into politics at the invite of the former premier as a friend of hers".
Other likely front-runners are Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong, the former finance minister, Vancouver-Quilchena MLA and former party president Andrew Wilkinson and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, who took over from Fassbender as education minister before the B.C. Liberals lost power this summer.
The party has set a spending cap of $600,000 for leadership candidates, with another $50,000 required to pay for the online vote set for early February a series of debates and forums around the province.