Former finance minister Colin Hansen won't seek reelection with B.C. Liberals
Colin Hansen is the latest high-profile B.C. Liberal MLA not seeking another term in 2013.
The former finance minister, who introduced the unpopular harmonized sales tax, confirmed this morning (September 21) that he will keep his seat in Vancouver-Quilchena until the next provincial election.
Hansen also announced that he will assume the role of deputy campaign manager for the B.C. Liberal campaign, saying he is "proud of what has been accomplished under the leadership of Premier Christy Clark".
"It is with very mixed emotions that I announce that I will not be seeking re-election," Hansen said in a statement. "By the time the election rolls around next May, I will have served as the MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena for 17 years. I have enjoyed each of those years."
In his statement, Hansen listed off the "many accomplishments" of the B.C. Liberal government, but conceded that it made mistakes in its handling of the HST.
"With regards to the HST issue, we did not do an adequate job in how decisions were made and how they were implemented and, as the Minister of Finance at the time, I take the responsibility for that," Hansen said.
"Many became convinced that we had planned the HST from before the election and that we had explicitly promised during the election that it would not be introduced. Neither of these perceptions is true and I accept responsibility for not being able to correct the public perception."