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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:43 pm    Post subject: Conservative mp Dianne Watts to seek BC liberal leadership Reply with quote

( its being reported that a star BC mp is leaving to run for leadership of the BC liberals although not confirmed by the mp herself yet )



September 20, 2017 9:05 pm Updated: September 20, 2017 9:27 pm

Dianne Watts to seek BC Liberal leadership, step down as Conservative MP

By Jesse Ferreras
National Online Journalist Global News



Surrey Conservative MP Dianne Watts is set to step down from her federal seat and run for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

Watts, the former three-term mayor of Surrey, has long been speculated as a candidate to lead the BC Liberals, who became the opposition after the BC NDP formed a minority government with the support of the Greens.

She’s expected to announce her run for the leadership on Sunday.



Watts’ run will trigger a byelection in her federal riding of South Surrey-White Rock, which she won for the Conservatives in the 2015 election.

She won the riding with 24,934 votes.

Earlier this summer, Watts was appointed to new federal Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet as critic for Employment Workforce Development and Labour.

READ MORE: Dianne Watts to make decision on BC Liberal leadership ‘over the next week or so’

Watts had told CKNW late last month that she was set to make a decision “over the next week or so.”

But she likely won’t be alone in the race. Former attorney general Andrew Wilkinson is expected to announce his own leadership bid on Monday.

Other names that have been discussed in connection with the leadership race include former finance minister Mike de Jong, former education minister Mike Bernier, ex-transportation minister Todd Stone, former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan and MLA Michael Lee.


Dianne Watts, centre, who served as the mayor of Surrey from 2005-2014, listens as then-prime minister Stephen Harper speaks during an announcement about the apprentice loan program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology Annacis Island Campus in Delta, B.C., on January 8, 2015.


Dianne Watts, centre, who served as the mayor of Surrey from 2005-2014, listens as then-prime minister Stephen Harper speaks during an announcement about the apprentice loan program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology Annacis Island Campus in Delta, B.C., on January 8, 2015.

Darryl Dyck/CP

Terrace businesswoman Lucy Sager is also believed to be eyeing a run at the leadership.

There is speculation that former federal Liberal minister Herb Dhaliwal is kicking the tires on a leadership bid. Vancity CEO Tamara Vrooman is also being talked about as someone who may run.

Entrants will have to pay a preliminary $10,000 fee to enter the leadership race, and another $50,000 if they want to stay in the race up until February, when party members choose a new leader.

The vote will take place online, with a phone option, from Feb. 1 through 8, 2018.


https://globalnews.ca/news/3759980/dianne-watts-bc-liberal-leadership/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surrey MP Dianne Watts and Vancouver MLA Andrew Wilkinson expected to announce B.C. Liberal leadership bids


by Travis Lupick on September 20th, 2017 at 6:32 PM


Last September 11, Dianne Watts welcomed American firefighters and police officers at the Peace Arch Memorial as part of her duties as a Conservative member of parliament.

Dianne Watts


Dianne Watts will soon resign from her position as a Conservative MP and make a bid to lead the B.C. Liberal Party, Global News has reported.

The MP representing South Surrey-White Rock was elected to Parliament in 2015 and before that served as the mayor of Surrey from 2005 to 2014. Today she has a seat in the Conservative party’s shadow cabinet as critic for employment, workforce development, and labour.

Global News first reported on Watts’ intention to run for the B.C. Liberals leadership position Wednesday evening (September 20) in an article that did not state its source of the information. It follows weeks of speculation that suggested Watts might run and a report by CKNW earlier this month where Watts was quoted saying she was considering going for it.


The position of head of the B.C. Liberals was left vacant when former B.C. premier Christy Clark announced on July 31 that she was leaving politics.

Clark’s resignation followed a very close provincial election last May, when the Liberals won 43 seats to the NDP’s 41 and the Green’s three. The NDP and Greens passed a vote of no confidence that forced Clark from power on July 18. Then they formed a minority government with the NDP’s John Horgan named premier.

Global News reported Watts will make her candidacy official this Sunday (September 24).

Another Metro Vancouver politician, Andrew Wilkinson, is also expected to declare his intention to seek the B.C. Liberals leadership position this weekend.

Wilkinson is the Liberal MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena. He was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013 and previously served as the minister of advanced education, minister of technology, innovation, and citizens’ services, and, before that, minister of economic development.


https://www.straight.com/news/970211/surrey-mp-dianne-watts-and-vancouver-mla-andrew-wilkinson-expected-announce-bc-liberal
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dianne Watts event sparks leadership bid speculation

Conservative MP Dianne Watts
Conservative MP Dianne Watts asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)


CTV Vancouver
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:25PM PDT



Conservative MP Dianne Watts is planning a special announcement this weekend in Surrey, triggering speculation she’s launching a bid to replace Christy Clark as BC Liberal leader.

Watts is welcoming supporters to a "special event and announcement" this Sunday afternoon at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, according to an invitation obtained by CTV News.

There has already been talk the former Surrey mayor could seek the Liberal leadership, and an Insights West poll released in August pegged Watts as a strong candidate to face off against the NDP government.

Thirty-nine per cent of respondents said they hold 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.

Earlier this week, interim Liberal leader Rich Coleman revealed Watts is mulling a leadership bid along with seven other high-profile potential candidates, including Todd Stone, Mike Bernier and Andrew Wilkinson.

No one has officially thrown their name into the hat, though the BC Liberals have already scheduled their first leadership debate for Oct. 15.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/dianne-wa.....-1.3599096
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt the CPC will hold her seat.

Interesting that she has decided to resign her seat. As you'll remember, Patrick Browne remained an MP while seeking the PC leadership. Harder to do when you're in BC though.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dianne Watts set to enter BC Liberal leadership race

MLA Andrew Wilkinson also expected to announce candidacy

CBC News Posted: Sep 20, 2017 8:22 PM PT| Last Updated: Sep 20, 2017 8:22 PM PT

Dianne Watts currently serves as a Conservative MP.



There are still no official candidates for leader of the BC Liberals, but the race is set to heat up this weekend when former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts is expected to announce her candidacy.

The Conservative MP will make the announcement at a hotel in Guildford on Sunday, CBC News has learned.

She'll be followed by Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson, who will enter the race on Monday.

Like several potential candidates to replace former premier Christy Clark, Wilkinson has been cagey about his intentions in interviews. But he told CBC News on Wednesday that voters can "expect a flourish of activity in the next week or so as people put their names forward."

His social media presence has also shifted in recent weeks to show a more down-to-earth style, including pictures of the B.C. Liberal biking and kayaking.


Meanwhile, former education minister Mike Bernier has said he will make a decision some time in the next week about whether to run.

Until then, he said he is, "talking to families and finding out what needs to be done and what needs to change in the province."

Other potential candidates include former cabinet ministers MLAs Todd Stone, Mike de Jong and rookie Liberal MLA Michael Lee. And there has been chatter in Liberal circles about former federal cabinet minister Herb Dhaliwal entering the race.

The party has announced a leadership debate on Oct. 15 and an official leadership candidate event in Vancouver on Sept. 29.

With files from Richard Zussman

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4299871
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progressive Tory wrote:
I doubt the CPC will hold her seat.

Interesting that she has decided to resign her seat. As you'll remember, Patrick Browne remained an MP while seeking the PC leadership. Harder to do when you're in BC though.


Maybe it'll be a seat for Jagmeet?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conservative MP Dianne Watts to step down, run for B.C. Liberal leadership



BJ Siekierski

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Conservative MP Dianne Watts is going to resign her seat and run for the B.C. Liberal Party leadership.

According to several reports, the member of Parliament for South Surrey–White Rock and the party’s recently-named employment, workforce development and labour critic, will make the announcement Sunday.

A three-term mayor of Surrey, B.C., Watts only made the jump to federal politics in 2015, beating the Liberal candidate by 1,439 votes.

Having spoken about the possibility of running earlier this summer, Watts’ decision doesn’t come as complete surprise. With rumours circulating Wednesday about her impending departure, however, communications staff in the office of...


http://ipolitics.ca/2017/09/21.....eadership/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progressive Tory wrote:
I doubt the CPC will hold her seat.

Interesting that she has decided to resign her seat. As you'll remember, Patrick Browne remained an MP while seeking the PC leadership. Harder to do when you're in BC though.



it does seem odd she's leaving rate away or perhaps she decided she couldn't be a federal conservative mp and run for leadership of the BC liberals


as to what happens to her riding ? its really tough to say , it was really close last election although other years had been a fairly reliable conservative riding so it might really depend on the candidates . BC is also highly unpredictable and turnout during a by election is often low , so it might be harder for liberals to get younger base of supporters out
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Progressive Tory wrote:
I doubt the CPC will hold her seat.

Interesting that she has decided to resign her seat. As you'll remember, Patrick Browne remained an MP while seeking the PC leadership. Harder to do when you're in BC though.


Maybe it'll be a seat for Jagmeet?


I doubt he'd seriously consider running there , its never even been a strong ndp riding although a few other surrey seats have been ndp before .

its not even clear if the ndp plan to take any of the by elections seriously , and unlikely they'd win any of them
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Progressive Tory wrote:
I doubt the CPC will hold her seat.

Interesting that she has decided to resign her seat. As you'll remember, Patrick Browne remained an MP while seeking the PC leadership. Harder to do when you're in BC though.


Maybe it'll be a seat for Jagmeet?


If he doesn't win the leadership of the Federal NDP, my thought is he will hold out till June and be a frontrunner for the Ontario NDP leadership race which appears likely after three elections under Andrea Horwath will occur. Unless she somehow wins or holds the balance of power which could happen but doesn't appear likely at the moment.

If he does win, he may as well hold out for a seat in Ontario.

Jack Layton was a leader without a seat for almost six months and he ended up with one because their happened to be an election called.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conservative MP Dianne Watts announces bid for B.C. Liberal leadership


By The Canadian Press — Sep 24 2017



SURREY, B.C. — An MP for Surrey, B.C., is officially in the running to become the next leader of the B.C. Liberals.

Dianne Watts made the announcement Sunday, saying the Liberals have a strong history to build on, but need to reconnect with voters.

Watts says she will resign from her current role as Conservative MP for South Surrey-White Rock, a seat she won in the 2015 federal election.

Previously, she served as mayor of the Vancouver suburb from 2005 to 2014.

Leadership of the party opened up last month after former premier Christy Clark quit politics following her government's defeat on a non-confidence motion.

B.C. MLA Sam Sullivan became the first person to throw his hat in the ring when he announced his candidacy Thursday, and several prominent provincial politicians are hosting special announcements this week.

The Canadian Press


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