Dianne Watts has announced she will not run for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.
After much media speculation, the Surrey mayor issued a statement on Sunday (November 14), saying she doesn’t plan to enter provincial politics at this time.
This morning (November 15), Watts told CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition that she wanted to be able to spend time with her family, as well as to maintain “stability” for investors in the city.
Watts noted the “political environment” in Victoria also factored in to her decision not to seek Premier Gordon Campbell’s job.
“When you look at what goes on over there and how people are treated, it’s an environment that one would have to walk into with eyes open wide,” Watts said. “And we’ve had a number of the cabinet ministers around the cabinet table—well, actually all of them have been there for 10 years. And I think that there comes a time when you need to stand up and be accountable for the decisions, the mandate, and the vision that you’ve undertaken.”
She added, “I wasn’t part of that process, and so to look at that and try and make that mine was something that was not in the cards either.”
Watts said she isn’t ruling out getting into provincial or federal politics in the future.
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