Christy Clark announced her upcoming resignation as BC Liberal leader and as an MLA. While some had speculated and hoped this would be the case after the NDP/Green government came to power, others believed she would stay on to fight in opposition given the possibility of a snap election.
Her resignation leaves the province and supporters of the BC Liberal coalition of federal conservatives but blue and federal liberals who are all aligned against the NDP, uncertain of the future of the party.
The current incarnation of the party has only had three leaders since they officially severed ties with the Liberal Party of Canada back in 1987.
Gordon Wilson lead the party out of the wilderness in 1991 when the Social Credit dynasty collapsed but it wasn't until Gordon Campbell took the reigns of the party that the BC Liberals really emerged as the second choice to the NDP after the Socreds were completely shut out in the 1996 election.
By resigning Clark has handed Premier Horgan at least a two year term if not longer.
Love her or hate her, the province was familiar with Christy Clark. Yes, she was polarizing sure, but so are the NDP.
In the event that the NDP mess up early or get off to a rocky start, British Columbians might have returned the BC Liberals and Clark to power in a snap election scenario.
But now by the time a new leader is chosen and the public has an opportunity to get to know them, we may be in an an election with a totally unprepared BC Liberal Party headed by an underexposed BC Liberal Leader.
So, who will run?
Speculation abounds but watch as I explain my suggestion of former Mayor of Surrey and current Conservative MP for South Surrey-White Rock, Diane Watts.
While there’s some risk for her in doing this, Watts told the Globe and Mail over the weekend that she’s been receiving lots of calls and emails about the race and that she hasn’t made any decisions one way or another.
Let's keep those emails and phone calls heading her way to let her know BC needs her. She would be John Horgan’s worst nightmare.