BC COMMUNITIES TO BE HURT BY TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CANADIAN FOREST COMPANIES UNFAIR AND PUNITIVE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2018   Vancouver, BC: BC Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts says today’s decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to slap Canadian companies with up to a 9.93% duty is “extremely disappointing and concerning”. Continue reading

Best Wishes for the New Year!

Happy New Year! Before we leave 2017 behind, I want to thank you for the incredible support you’ve given me since I launched my campaign for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party in September. Continue reading

SEASON’S GREETINGS TO OUR RESOURCE COMMUNITIES FROM DIANNE WATTS

  With Christmas just days away, I want to take this opportunity to wish British Columbia’s resource families a very Merry Christmas and the very best of the holiday season.   Over the past few months, I’ve been travelling across this great province, meeting and listening to people from Prince George to Port Alberni, and Fort St John to Cranbrook.   Visiting mills, mining towns, and the home of our oil and gas industry, has reinforced my commitment to support British Columbia’s important resource sector. Our province is home to some of the world’s most advanced, efficient, and environmentally sustainable mining, drilling, and forestry operations.   Putting our natural resources to work to build a better BC has always been at the heart of our province’s history. What’s more, our natural resources are key to British Columbia’s continued prosperity and economic future. Continue reading

BC needs a comprehensive Energy Strategy!

Like many British Columbians, I am pleased to hear John Horgan will not stop the Site C dam project, a project that had previously received both provincial and federal approval. Site C will provide 100 years of clean energy for British Columbians. And for the 2200 employees whose jobs were at risk, today’s announcement brings much needed certainty during this Christmas season. Continue reading

On the Road for a Better BC: Listening to Lead

   For me, leadership starts with listening. It’s how I won seven elections, and it’s what I did as Mayor of Surrey and as a Member of Parliament. I take it seriously, because I know it works. I don’t believe in pulling new policies or programs out of thin air, particularly when you’re a party in opposition, and looking to rebuild the trust and confidence that was lost in the last election. So listening, and getting it right is absolutely critical. It takes a little extra time, but I know from experience that it’s worth it. It’s what was missing in May. When I launched my leadership campaign on September 24, I promised to travel across the province and listen to British Columbians. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing, because I know that not listening cost us an election we should have won. How else do you lose an election when you have the best economy in the country, growing surpluses, balanced budgets and a triple A credit rating? You lose because after 16 years, voters felt our BC Liberal government had stopped listening to them. Continue reading

DIANNE WATTS PUTS ISSUE OF ICBC DIVIDENDS ON THE AGENDA DURING NANAIMO LEADERSHIP DEBATE

      DIANNE WATTS PUTS ISSUE OF ICBC DIVIDENDS ON THE AGENDA DURING NANAIMO LEADERSHIP DEBATE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2017   NANAIMO, BC: Today’s third in a series of BC Liberal leadership debates, this one in Nanaimo, saw candidate Dianne Watts questioning her fellow candidates about whether they would continue to support the practice of using ICBC dividends to balance the provincial budgets.   “Since the start of this leadership campaign one of the questions that I have heard repeatedly in every corner of the province is about why ICBC rates are so high and what could be done to alleviate the costs for BC families,” says Watts. “I believe a leader listens and then advocates for issues that matter.”   Watts also pushed two other important issues and ongoing areas of concern. “What I have heard countless times over the past several weeks is that we need to take concrete steps to address issues related to the critically important forestry sector and we need to make BC Ferries more affordable for families.” Continue reading

BC LIBERAL LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE STRESSES COMMUNITY PARKSVILLE STOP

Re-connecting with communities was the key point in BC Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts’ speech to party members as she kicked off a Vancouver Island tour with stops in Port Alberni Saturday night and in Parksville Sunday. They were Watts’ first stops on her second tour of Vancouver Island since she announced in September that she would run for the provincial Liberal leadership, resigning her seat as Conservative MP for the South Surrey-White Rock riding. Watts won her federal seat in 2015, after serving as Surrey’s mayor for nearly a decade. Continue reading

WATTS MAKES LIBERAL LEADERSHIP PITCH

Dianne Watts has a long and varied history of holding elected positions in B.C., and she brought her experience to meet Prince George's B.C. Liberal Party members on Tuesday. Watts, the former councillor and mayor of Surrey plus the incumbent Member of Parliament for the federal riding of South Surrey--White Rock, is among the candidates vying for the position of party leader. She bowed out of Ottawa to do it. Continue reading

FIRST BC LIBERAL LEADERSHIP DEBATE SHOWCASES DIANNE WATTS ‘WINABILITY’

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2017 Surrey, BC: It was apparent from the moment she walked into the room that Dianne Watts was the one to beat in the first of six BC Liberal leadership debates. “The energy in the room was amazing, the crowd came from throughout the region and there appeared to be one thing on everyone’s mind, who can win the next provincial election,” said Dr. Gulzar Cheema, respected former MLA from Surrey-Panorama. “There was no doubt – it was Watts, Watts, Watts!” Watts, who has twenty-one years in elected office, is widely regarded as one of the most successful mayors in Canadian history, hammered home a message of listening, citing that as the single biggest reason the BC Liberals are now sitting in opposition. Continue reading

‘ANDREW WEAVER’S BILL’ A NON-STARTER FOR LIBERAL LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE DIANNE WATTS

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2017  Kelowna, BC: BC Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts says the NDP/Green coalition referendum on proportional representation is bad for our province, particularly for those living in rural communities. “This legislation will divide British Columbians, taking seats out of rural BC and moving them into urban centres,” says Watts. “This is a significant issue as it will reduce the representation of rural communities. Let’s be clear, proportional representation gives a bigger voice to one part of the province at the expense of the rest of BC. I want rural BC to have an equal voice, not less.” Continue reading