Conservative MP Dianne Watts announces bid for BC Liberal leadership

Conservative MP Dianne Watts announces bid for BC Liberal leadership

And the seats might still be warm when Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier holds his news conference at the same hotel at 3 p.m.

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.

"We must reunite people from across this province and across the political spectrum for one common gold: to take our province back from an unstable coalition government", she said to the crowd.

The race to lead the B.C, Liberals is expected to get a bit more crowded today.

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

Fracking begins at BP's largest project of the year
In fact, approximately 38% of the total contract spend to date has been awarded to local oil and gas services companies. Ojaili described the drilling operations as large and complex, with "significant technical sub-surface challenges".

De Jong has caucus support including Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson, Chilliwack MLA John Martin, Richmond North Centre MLA and former global trade minister Teresa Wat, and he says "others will be on board" as the leadership campaign progresses.

Last week, Vancouver-False Creek MLA and former city mayor Sam Sullivan was the first high profile person to indicate he'd be running for the party's top job.

"After much consideration, I have chose to seek the leadership of the BC Liberal Party", Watts said at a September 24 supporter rally in Surrey.

Mike de Jong brings a more impressive resume to his second run for leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party, as a finance minister with the best track record in the country.

There will be six debates for leadership candidates - the first one is happening on October 15th in Surrey.

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