Watts Enters BC Liberal Leadership Race
Prince George, B.C. – The Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock, Dianne Watts, has announced she is getting out of federal politics to seek the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.
At a news conference in Vancouver Sunday afternoon the 57-year-old Watts said she will resign as Conservative MP immediately to enter the provincial political fray.
Watts served as a Councillor in Surrey before being elected Mayor of the municipality and serving three terms in that capacity.
She was elected to serve in parliament in 2015 and was the Opposition critic for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Christy Clark quit as the leader of the BC Liberals in August. The party has been running under the direction of interim leader Rich Coleman since then.
Watts is expected to face competition for the leader’s post from the likes of Mike de Jong, Todd Stone, Andrew Wilkinson, Sam Sullivan, Mike Bernier and Michael Lee.
B.C. Liberal members will vote on a new leader Feb 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2018. They can either vote online or by telephone.