South Surrey-White Rock MP Dianne Watts at a 2013 State of the City address in Surrey. (Black Press files)

Ex-Surrey mayor Dianne Watts top pick to lead BC Liberals: poll

Watts beats MLA Sam Sullivan and former finance minister Mike de Jong

Former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts sits as the favourite to replace Christy Clark as the BC Liberal leader, according to a new survey.

At 39 per cent, the Conservative South Surrey-White Rock MP is nine points ahead of Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan, 11 points ahead of former finance minister Mike de Jong, and 15 points ahead of Richmond-Queensborough MLA Jas Johal.

The figures comes from an Insights West poll published Tuesday.

READ: MP Watts tweets photo from hospital bed

As the former mayor of Surrey, Watts could improve the Liberals’ fortunes in an area where they lost votes at least in part thanks to the NDP’s promises to nix bridge tolls and reconsider the Massey bridge.

Watts also pulled strongly ahead with baby boomers: 49 per cent of them want her as leader ahead of anyone else. Watts has not responded to repeated requests for comment from Black Press.

READ: Surrey BC Liberals look beyond their caucus for next leader

Neither former transportation minister Todd Stone nor former education minister Mike Bernier were memorable to those polled. Only 39 per cent recognized either.

The Liberals are gearing up for their leadership race. The party’s executive met in Vancouver on Sunday to work on the leadership election process and appoint a rules committee.


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Annual Victoria Hospitals Foundation gala brings in nearly $700,000

Event raises a significant portion of $3.2 million goal for cardiac care campaign

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates 20th anniversary

Norman Nelson founded the orchestra in 1997

High winds cancel slew of BC Ferries sailings

Travel to and from Victoria and Vancouver as well as Northern Gulf Islands affected

Three Sooke students awarded scholarships

Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship program awarded annually to undergraduate students

Sooke talk focuses on risk of nuclear war

Discussion and talk held on Nov. 30

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Forecast calls for a snowy Canadian winter

Canadians told to brace for a ‘classic’ Canadian winter with lots of snow

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70th anniversary

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary

Charles Manson, leader of murderous ’60s cult, dead at 83

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

Naked man arrested in Nanaimo, provided with pants

Suspect arrested for causing disturbance Nov. 13 near Bowen and Northfield roads

‘An officer and a gentleman’: Const. John Davidson is laid to rest

Thousands attend memorial service for slain Abbotsford Police officer

VIDEO: Coquihalla reopens near Merritt

Detours are available via Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 1

VIDEO: The Last Jedi is going to be the longest ‘Star Wars’ movie yet

Newest movie in the franchise will beat Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week.

Most Read