What will happen if Liberals reject the party's weighted voting system?
George Abbott has admitted his chances of succeeding Gordon Campbell are "slim" under a one-member, one-vote system. But the Liberals could also alienate rural members if they reject the weighted voting system proposed by their provincial executive executive. In doing so, the party may trigger the creation of a political alternative bent on making the voice of the heartland heard in Victoria - an idea earlier floated by independent legislator Bill Bennett.
What effect will environmentalists have on the provincial Liberal leadership race?
Last week, we reported six environmental groups are encouraging green-minded British Columbians to temporarily become Liberals so they can sway they results of the party's leadership race. Those groups are specifically targeting supporters living in ridings where there's a low number of Liberals - increasing the power of their vote under the party's proposed weighted voting system. As a result, this could become another argument for those looking to reject that proposal at a special convention being held this coming weekend in Vancouver.
Will Mr. Abbott's sharp-elbowed announcements affect his chances of winning the Liberal leadership race?
It was once thought Mr. Abbott would be the race's compromise candidate - the most palatable choice for Liberals who can't stomach voting for the extremes represented by competitors Christy Clark and Kevin Falcon. But, earlier this month, Mr. Abbott embarrassed leadership hopeful Mike de Jong by calling for an independent review of the controversial settlement that brought the Basi-Virk trial to an end - a deal Mr. de Jong was the public face of. And now Mr. Abbott is raising questions about Ms. Clark's membership sign-up practices. So will these boat-rocking announcements make some Liberals feel queasy about voting for him? Possibly.