Carole Taylor, long touted as a potential replacement to Gordon Campbell, has been appointed SFU Chancelor. In speaking to media today, she has clearly stated she is not interested in the BCLiberal leadership. This is in keeping with the common understanding that Ms. Taylor will not enter into a leadership contest, but rather would only accept a coronation.
Discussion in the media suggests that the post Campbell BCLiberal leadership will be determined by a lively contest. Active campaigns are underway for Kevin Falcon, Rick Thorpe and George Abbott, with speculation about outsiders like Brad Bennett and Diane Watts running as well.
All of these people are strong candidates, but not without weaknesses. Those currently in cabinet will be hampered by their record of supporting several years of bad government. Those from outside, while bringing the benefit of a claimed innocence on past BCLiberal sins, will have been untested on some of the key issues that will determine voters minds.
This Brad Bennett speculation does raise the prospect of another white male realestate/develper mogul leading the BCLiberals. What more do we know about him?
And are there other potential candidates I've missed?