Infighting and turmoil within the B.C. Conservative party hasn't hurt the party's bottom line.
On the same day renegades from some provincial Conservative constituency associations were set to hold a news conference, party Leader John Cummins released financial information that says the party is in the best shape ever.
The party's treasurer says the B.C. Conservatives raised over $200,000 in the first nine months of this year.
Cummins said that in 2012, the party will raise as much as it did in the previous seven years combined.
"The party's fund-raising success under my leadership demonstrates that British Columbian's increasingly support our message of fundamental change in Victoria," he said in a news release.
Cummins’s statement did not address the dissidents, who planned a news conference for 4 p.m. PT Wednesday.
Cummins initially gave those within the party who questioned his leadership until noon to get in line or quit, but later amended the deadline, saying the situation was "fluid" and the party would have more to say following the dissidents’ news conference.
Last month, party members voted just over 70 per cent in support of Cummins' leadership and against holding a leadership review.
Hours after the vote, the party's only sitting MLA John van Dongen quit the party saying he didn't believe Cummins had the capacity to do the job.
On Tuesday, the two local constituency presidents called for Cummins to step down.
"The time for Mr. Cummins to go is now, but yes, we are conciliatory as far as the rest of the party is concerned," said Ariane Eckardt, president of the party's Burnaby North Constituency Association.
"We really would like this to be a viable party to take on the NDP in the next election."
Allison Patton, president of the Surrey-White Rock constituency association, also urged Cummins to resign.
"The timing may not be perfect but is required if we're going to move forward under the B.C. Conservative Party because under John Cummins we are not going anywhere."
The most recent poll by Angus Reid put the Conservatives in third place with 19 per cent voter support, behind the governing Liberals at 25 per cent and the opposition NDP at 46 per cent.
But the infighting within the party is threatening to derail that, with many commentators questioning if the party is prepared to run the province if it can't manage its own internal affairs.