BC Lib­eral Lead­er­ship Con­tenders

The BC Lib­eral Party won’t elect its next leader un­til Fe­bru­ary, but we can an­nounce the win­ner here and now: the City of Sur­rey.

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

B.C.’s fastest-grow­ing big city has long been in the crosshairs of the ma­jor par­ties, but the re­gion’s power was brought into stark re­lief af­ter May’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion. The NDP won six of the city’s nine seats—in no small part thanks to prom­ises to get rid of tolls on the Port Mann Bridge and to com­mit more pro­vin­cial money to solv­ing Sur­rey’s trans­porta­tion woes. Christy Clark of­ten seemed openly an­tag­o­nis­tic to B.C.’s ur­ban heart­land. Dianne

Watts— a for­mer mayor of Sur­rey and one of the as­sumed fron­trun­ners—is promis­ing a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with Lower Main­land may­ors, as is for­mer Van­cou­ver mayor and lead­er­ship can­di­date Sam Sul­li­van. Even Todd Stone— the Kam­loops MLA and ex-trans­porta­tion min­is­ter—saw fit to an­nounce his can­di­dacy in Sur­rey. And the lo­ca­tion for the first lead­er­ship de­bate on Oc­to­ber 15? You guessed it: Sur­rey wins again.

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