The BC Conservatives are seeking a new leader and any one of those three would give it instant credibility - and appeal to those who don't want to salute Premier-Designate Christy Clark and her increasingly federally Liberalized BC Liberal Party.
Having any of the three running in the next provincial election would also be a significant achievement - and scare the devil out of the BC Liberals, who of course fear any even slight split in their federal Conservative/federal Liberal coalition that could help the BC NDP win, as similar right-wing splits did in 1972, 1991 and 1996.
But the timing may be coincidental and not the jolt in the arm the provincial Tories hope for - federal election fever has a way of sorting out those running again from those who aren't.
Nonetheless, it can't be making Clark and her top advisors too comfortable - and if the BC Conservatives were lucky enough to get all three senior federal cousins to join up, it would be a stunning development in BC politics.
They would be teaming up with old MP colleagues from the Reform Party and Canadian Alliance however, including BC Conservative supporters Randy White, Darryl Stinson, Jim Hart, Andy Burton and Reed Elley.
There's also former BC Premier Rita Johnston and former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford on board at the BC Conservatives as advisors.
Here is Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement today:
"STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement regarding Chuck Strahl, Stockwell Day and John Cummins not seeking re-election:
“I would like to thank Ministers Chuck Strahl and Stockwell Day, as well as Member of Parliament, John Cummins for their extraordinary dedication to public service throughout the years. I look forward to working with them in the best interest of Canada until the end of their mandate.
"They have served Canadians and their constituents with distinction.
“Stockwell has an outstanding record of achievement throughout his time in Parliament. Since his debut in public service in 1986, as a Member in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Stockwell’s leadership has inspired all of us.
From his role as Leader of the Official Opposition in 2000, to his success in several ministerial positions, Stockwell is respected and admired by all of his colleagues, his constituents and Canadians across the country.
“Since first elected to Parliament in 1993, Chuck has tackled each of his roles with passion and enthusiasm, and with tremendous achievement. Throughout his various ministerial positions, Chuck has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Canadians.
“John has been a dedicated member of Parliament since 1993. Throughout this time, he has made an important contribution to Parliament, to our party and, in the last five years, our Government. He has earned enormous respect for his work on behalf of his constituents and all Canadians.
“I am both honoured and grateful to have worked with Stockwell, Chuck and John.
“Laureen joins me in expressing our gratitude, and wishing them and their families the very best in their future endeavours.”