Dianne Watts set to join BC Liberal leadership race

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2017

Surrey Conservative MP Dianne Watts may be preparing to throw her hat into the ring for leadership of the BC Liberals.

Local freelance journalist Bob Mackin says he got an email from her office sent to supporters, and it hints she will make the official annoucement this Sunday in Surrey at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel.

Interim party leader Rich Coleman said this week that Watts was among seven potential candidates who have been approaching the caucus and the business community as they gauge support for a bid and begin to raise money.

Watts served as Surrey's mayor from 2005 until 2014.

Like several potential candidates to replace former premier Christy Clark, Wilkinson has been cagey about his intentions in interviews. And there has been chatter in Liberal circles about former federal cabinet minister Herb Dhaliwal entering the race. An Insights West poll released in August found 39 per cent of the province holds a favourable view of Watts, compared to 30 per cent for Sam Sullivan, 28 per cent for Mike de Jong and 24 per cent for Jas Johal.

Three days of online and phone voting by Liberal party members is slated to begin at the start of next February and a leader will be announced on Feb. 3 at a convention in Vancouver.

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