One of the issues a BC Liberal leader candidate says she’s hearing in places like the East Kootenay is the disconnect between government and rural communities.
Former MP and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts spoke to roughly 20 people at a meet and greet in Cranbrook Friday.
Watts says people across the Kootenays have told her they feel their voices are not being heard.
“They want to be heard, they want to be part of the process,” Watts says. “They want to be part of the decision making process and I think building those mechanisms in place in communities is really important.”
Watts plans to visit all ridings to address the party’s disconnect with voters.
She says it’s about making communities whole with accessible education, health care and housing so people want to live there.
“Its drawing young families. This is a beautiful part of the province, without a doubt. The recreation and all of the natural areas and all of the opportunities here,” Watts says. “For young families in the Lower Mainland where it is unaffordable, these are perfect opportunities.”
The Liberals lost their majority in May’s provincial election and eventually were pushed out of government by a NDP-Green alliance.
Christy Clark resigned as party head in the summer and Watts is one of six people looking to replace her.
– BC Liberal Leadership candidate, Dianne Watts