The race to replace Christy Clark as BC Liberal leader is heating up bigly: Former Mayor of Surrey and Conservative MP from South Surrey-White Rock Diane Watts is entering the fray after weeks of speculation.
Watts is the clear front runner, but she'll be joined this week by a slate of current BC Liberal MLAs. This will likely make her the only outsider in the sense that she has no history with the party.
While the party was far from soundly defeated in the May election, Christy Clark's departure and the end of a sixteen year BC Liberal dynasty means the time has come for a fresh face and a fresh start.
But if they aren't careful, there's always the risk that the BC Liberals could follow the same path that doomed the once dynastic Social Credit Party during the early 1990s.
Watch as I explain why I think Diane Watts is the most appealing candidate at this point and why she may be the key to winning some Surrey seats back.
Some might see her as more of a Red Tory, which may not be ideal, but it's pretty close to as good as it gets for the BC Liberal coalition of federal liberals and conservatives.
The key for Watts is to bring new energy to the party as an outsider, while not alienating the caucus that remains.
As an outsider, Watts can show them the error of their ways after 16 years in power that eventually brought too much cronyism and too much corruption. Then, once she enters the legislature, she must oppose the NDP Destroyers and end their grip on power as soon as possible.
If she does all that, Dianne Watts will be premier in no time.