The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling blasted over the Surrey Museum’s sound system yesterday as Kevin Falcon made his way through a crowd of excited supporters, taking the stage to announce his bid for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.

With his wife, Jessica, and 10-month-old daughter Josephine in the front row, Falcon called on the other leadership candidates to join him in asking the premier to move the HST referendum date from September to June of 2011.

He also pledged to reduce the unpopular tax by one per cent in 2011.

The Surrey-Cloverdale MLA’s campaign slogans: Listen, Learn, Lead are words Falcon said are leadership keystones.

“You gotta do your homework, you gotta listen to what people say,” Falcon said.

Falcon discussed the importance of improving health care, increasing the minimum wage, and strengthening the economy. “The greatest strength of our province is its ethnic diversity. It is a cultural bridge that we have built to Asia that no other province enjoys to the same extent,” Falcon said.

“What we have to do is make sure we leverage that huge asset ... and turn that into economic opportunity.”

Falcon emphasized his support for residents outside of the Lower Mainland and travelled to a second rally in Prince George yesterday evening.

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