The B.C. NDP has lost its candidate in Boundary-Similkameen due to "personal reasons".
New Democrat provincial secretary Jan O’Brien announced today (January 21) that Marji Basso has informed the party she is stepping down.
“We accept Ms. Basso’s resignation,” O’Brien said in a news release. “We will be working with the local NDP constituency association to begin the candidate nomination process as quickly as possible.”
Basso's resignation follows the B.C. Liberals' decision to prevent Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater from running for reelection under that party's banner due to "personal issues".
On January 14, Slater announced he was leaving the B.C. Liberal caucus to sit as an independent.
Today, Slater confirmed he won't run in the upcoming election and blamed the "politics of personal destruction".
"We have reached a profoundly disturbing point in our politics in British Columbia. Instead of a campaign about positive ideas, good policy, and what is best for British Columbians, we are instead witnessing a campaign based on fear and smear. B.C. deserves better," Slater said in a statement.
"I cannot put my family or myself through the continual barrage of innuendos and smear which have been launched against me, and which will continue until I withdraw as a candidate in the upcoming provincial election. So I say, 'Enough.'”
The next B.C. election is scheduled for May 14.