Keith MacIntyre

Keith MacIntyre of Penticton is owner of Big Bear Software with a head office in Westbank and a satellite at Cowork Penticton.

As the newly-elected leader of the B.C. Libertarians, Keith MacIntyre wants to take the party from fringe status to relevancy.

The Penticton resident was elected B.C. Libertarian leader in a runoff against long-time member Golok Buday of Vancouver at Saturday’s annual general meeting, held virtually.

MacIntyre collected 91% of ballots cast and now replaces Don Wilson, who stepped down prior to the AGM.

“It feels great, I’m excited to be elected leader and especially with the momentum that we’re building in the Okanagan,” MacIntyre said in a phone interview, Saturday.

“We’re the party of freedom. It’s interesting being the leader of a group of individuals who don’t really like leadership, but for me it’s all empowering to think for yourself. People who work for the party are certainly more important than the leader.”

MacIntyre owns and operates Big Bear Software in Westbank which also has a satellite at the Cowork Penticton office.

He is a previous winner of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year.

“My biggest goal is to have a strategy for the 2024 election with a full slate of candidates across B.C.. I want to increase our membership and really focus on fundraising. We want to grow and be more relevant in the province. The other parties seem to be right or left wing, we are not divisive. With us, it’s freedom versus authority.”

MacIntyre ran provincially in Penticton in 2020 finishing with 717 votes — 2.61 per cent. It was the highest vote count of the 25 Libertarian candidates in B.C. last time around.

Looking back, the Penticton resident found the experience to be positive and a good start.

“It was a snap election and to garner 717 votes in a short time frame without being able to campaign in person was a huge win for us. We were able to get the message out about what being a Libertarian is all about.”

In addition to MacIntyre, Brandi McLaughlin of Penticton was elected to the provincial executive as secretary. Sandra Filosof-Schipper of Vancouver was elected Deputy Leader.

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