Why it might matter that Dan Brooks has resigned as leader of the B.C. Conservatives

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      Most people who read this headline are probably asking themselves "Dan who?"

      And for good reason. That's because the vast majority of British Columbians have no idea that the northern wilderness and tourism resort operator has been leading the B.C. Conservatives since April 2014.

      Today, the party announced that Brooks has resigned. But he will remain as interim leader until February 20.

      "My resignation opens a range of opportunities for the party to find new leadership, to reach out to potential premiers and ask them to come forward to take the helm of the B.C. Conservatives and transform our province," Brooks said in a news release.

      This could turn out to be inconsequential if Premier Christy Clark keeps the old Socred coalition of anti-NDP forces intact under the B.C. Liberal banner.

      But should the federal Conservatives ever decide that Clark's not quite pure enough, it raises interesting possibilities.

      That's because there's no shortage of under-employed right wingers in B.C. looking for something to do following the demise of the Stephen Harper government.

      The biggest name is James Moore, who didn't seek reelection in 2015. The list of Lower Mainland Conservative MPs who went down to defeat includes Nina Grewal, Wai Young, John Weston, Andrew Saxton, and Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

      Does former MP John Weston have what it takes to become premier?

      Given the timing of Brooks's departure and efforts by the federal Conservatives to rebrand themselves, it's not out of the question that someone with political experience might take a run at the leadership.

      Expectations for the B.C. Conservatives are so low that any potential leader would have nothing to lose.

      W.A.C. Bennett became premier after leaving an established party.

      Keep in mind that W.A.C. Bennett was a two-term MLA with the Conservatives before stepping down in 1948 to run federally. He returned to the legislature in 1949 as a Conservative but later bolted to join Social Credit.

      In 1952, Bennett's party won the provincial election and he served as premier for the next 20 years.