I make no bones about belonging to the BC Liberal Party. I have for years been a member only because it is a political organization that best represents what I stand for in regards to economic, social, and political values. After last year’s surprise but not-out-of-time defeat at the polls, we are now sitting in opposition while the socialists get to govern. For one, I think that this time of reflection and renewal is invaluable after holding reins of power for over sixteen years. The reason why I, along with many others, are supporting Dianne Watt’s candidacy for party leader is that she represents a new face with fresh ideas for rejuvenating party interests. At present, the province is going through a period of extended economic growth which has brought with it a whole slew of big social issues like the opioid crisis, lack of affordable housing, and transportation gridlock. Watt’s approach is to first rebuild the province with respect to reconnecting urban BC with its rural cousins. That means granting greater control of natural resources like forestry and water to local community management. In her plan, Victoria will no longer take from the profits of crown corporations like BC Hydro to generate budget surpluses, which I notice this new government was so willing to spend on social programs last May. Perhaps it was its way of indirectly returning to the taxpayer what was theirs all along. On the transportation front, Watt wants to use her expertise as a very successful former Lower Mainland mayor to help build an integrated people-mover system that takes pressure off roads without having to resort to road pricing. The one thing this party has to pay big attention to over the next several months, besides electing a new leader, is starting the process of winning back the confidence of the voter that has been somewhat damaged by corrupt practices, inept leadership, and bad policies. Do that well by getting out and meeting British Columbians at their point of need, and the rest like winning the referendum on electoral reform should be a lot easier. Didn’t Justin Trudeau use that strategy in 2015 to revitalize the Canadian Liberal Party?