There’s a push to replace B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark: Who might take her place?

It appears that, even before next week's election in B.C., the knives are out for Premier Christy Clark.

According to a Global News exclusive, there's a movement afoot within the Liberal Party to remove Clark from the proverbial leader's office immediately after polls close on Tuesday.

It’s called the 801 movement, symbolizing 8:01 p.m., one minute after the election and precisely when the movement plans to begin the process of putting pressure on Clark to step aside.

The movement — made up of party members and business leaders — has already created their own buttons.

Even though Christy Clark won the Liberal leadership two years ago, support for her within the so-called free enterprise coalition has been lukewarm.

Not suprisingly, Liberal candidates are downplaying the story.

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MLA Rich Coleman called it a "load of crap."

"I think it's cheap, childish, amateurish, on the part of anybody who would say it, but there's lot of people around politics who don't actually understand things like loyalty and trust and they're not people who are with us," he told CKNW News.

While Coleman may dismiss the backroom shenanigans, it's no secret that the B.C. Liberal party isn't one happy family. There are still many rank and file members — especially on the conservative side of the coalition — who have never and will never accept Clark as leader.

There's also a very good chance that Clark won't win her own riding of Vancouver-Point Grey on Tuesday: If she doesn't have a seat in the legislature, her position as leader is further weakened.

So, if Clark is ousted after Tuesday's election, who could replace her:

Here's a list of some of the potential candidates:

Sam Sullivan: The former mayor of Vancouver is the Liberal candidate in the downtown Vancouver riding of False Creek.

Should he win his seat, he will be a front runner to replace Clark. He has a high profile, he's likable, well-respected and already has the support from the right wing of the Liberal party.

Sullivan's former campaign manager — for his civic election — was federal Conservative insider Colin Metcalfe who is now Director, Regional Affairs at the Minister's Regional Office in British Columbia.

Stockwell Day: Former Conservative Alliance leader and Harper cabinet minister has indeed retired from politics but that hasn't stopped some insiders from throwing his name into the proverbial hat.

Day is an adviser to the Clark campaign and is also working with several Liberal candidates at the local level.

Day's age, however, might be a factor. By the time the next election rolls around the grandfather of 14 will be 66 years old.

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Dianne Watts: The popular mayor of Surrey B.C. was rumoured to be a leadership candidate to replace former Premier Gordon Campbell in 2011 but bowed out citing the demands it would put on her family.

If she changes her mind — as politicians sometimes do — she would definitely be a front runner.

Kevin Falcon: Falcon was runner-up to Clark in the 2011 leadership race and is clearly on the conservative side of the political spectrum.

While the former MLA and finance minister would be a popular choice, he chose not to run for reelection so that he could spend more time with his family. He also just received a new job as executive vice president of real estate development for a Vancouver-based private equity firm.

Rich Coleman: Coleman is one of the most senior and highest profile members of the current Liberal team. He's been an MLA since 1996 and because of that will have wide support in caucus and with the party's base.

His staunch support of Christy Clark, however might hurt his chances of replacing her.

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