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BC Liberal leadership race about to heat up

(Source: BC Liberal Party)

Two more people expected to announce their candidacy for leader of the BC Liberals

Andrew Wilkinson, Mike Bernier holding news conferences in Vancouver today

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You may soon need a program to keep up with all the candidates!

The race for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party is about to become a lot busier with two more announcements expected today, another tomorrow, and some other potential candidates signalling they may also throw their hats into the ring.

Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson has scheduled a news conference for noon today at the Pan Pacific hotel in downtown Vancouver.

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.

Wilkinson was most recently attorney general and justice minister in the final weeks of Premier Christy Clark’s government before it fell in a confidence vote on June 29 and Bernier is a former education minister.

A fresh face is expected to join the fray on Tuesday when newly-elected Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee speaks to his supporters.

Lee is a lawyer who previously worked as a special assistant to former prime minister Kim Campbell, and served as parliamentary secretary for housing affordability.

Yesterday, Conservative MP and former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts announced she was resigning from federal politics to focus on a run for leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

“I have served in public office as a city councillor, mayor, and Member of Parliament. And I believe that I can bring a much-needed new vision and common sense approach to the BC Liberal Party,” says Watts.

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.

Sullivan has promised to bring more “urban and youth support to the party.”

MLAs Mike de Jong and Todd Stone are also reportedly mulling over bids to head the BC Liberals.

There will be six debates for leadership candidates — the first one is happening on October 15th in Surrey. The party will choose a new leader next February.