EDITORIAL: B.C. Liberal Party renewal benefits province

A B.C. Liberal party with leadership and direction is in the interest of all British Columbians

So much for just settling into the role of opposition in the legislature.

The B.C. Liberals’ leadership race is underway, and it’s shaping up as one that’s going to be front-of-mind for a lot of British Columbians in the months to come.

After the resignation of party leader and ex-premier Christy Clark this summer, there was some acknowledgement from the Liberals that they would be putting their energies into their new duties as official opposition and hold the new NDP minority government to account.

But renewal within the Liberal ranks is happening now. Leadership hopefuls are declaring, and it appears it could be a crowded race. With former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts announcing her intentions to run for party leadership, she immediately becomes one of the frontrunners. The Conservative member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock will step down from that role and her high profile will ensure a little extra attention on the Liberal leadership race.

Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, Vancouver-False Creek MLA, was one of the first to enter the Liberal leadership race, and Terrace businesswoman Lucy Sager offered an outsider’s candidacy. Former cabinet ministers Andrew Wilkinson, Mike Bernier and Mike de Jong have all put their names forward this week and another past minister, Todd Stone will likely try for leadership, too With those kinds of candidates, there’s a lot of name recognition to help the party create interest in its campaign and momentum for the next election.

It’s clear that B.C. Liberal leader is a coveted position. The party, after all, won the most seats in the last election and only fell short of another mandate by the slimmest of margins. It might not take much for the Liberals to reverse their fortunes, and a leadership race that makes the right kind of impact could be enough of a nudge.

A B.C. Liberal party with leadership and direction is in the interest of all British Columbians – it takes strong government and strong opposition for us to get the most out of our political system.

  • RELATED: Dianne Watts promises to fix ‘disconnect’ with B.C. Liberals’ base
  • RELATED: Mike Bernier joins race for B.C. Liberal leadership
  • RELATED: Mike de Jong’s second shot at leadership
  • RELATED: Sam Sullivan first to announce bid to become B.C. Liberal leader
  • RELATED: B.C. business owner Lucy Sager vies for Liberal leadership
Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Colour and culture being painted onto plaza stairs in downtown Nanaimo

City commissions Humanity in Art muralists for ‘artistic intervention’ project

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Harewood Centennial Park amenity opens on schedule

Column: Sustainable society based on foundational services

Services tied to local populations puts sustainability above growth, says columnist

Beefs & Bouquets, July 1

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook

Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has worked as an operations program manager at Facebook since 2017

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

Most Read