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Watts reads the riot act


Bob Mackin 

Watts in happier times during campaign launch in September (

Trying times for the only woman and only caucus outsider in the race to become the next BC Liberal leader. 

From press gallery pundits panning her debate performances to the sudden appearance of an attack website (Waffling Watts), Dianne Watts can only be fortunate that she’s competing in a marathon, not a sprint.  

So she called an emergency meeting on Nov. 27. The former Surrey mayor and former Surrey White Rock Tory MP read the riot act to her team. Her campaign needs a reboot, but she is comforted by polling that puts her atop the other five candidates, trending better than Christy Clark when she beat Kevin Falcon in the 2011 contest.

A source close to the campaign told theBreaker that Watts gathered her group, led by Norman Stowe, at campaign headquarters in Surrey for the 9 a.m. meeting. 

She is said to have emphatically told the group: “I’m in this to win it, I’ve made this clear time and again. Mistakes will be made, and there are always challenges. If any of you are not completely on board with saving this party and this province, then feel free to get out now.”

The BC Liberals choose a new leader on Feb. 3.

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