Three more B.C. Liberal MLAs announce they won't seek reelection next spring
B.C. MLAsGeorge Abbott, Mary McNeil and John Les have added their names to the list of Liberal caucus members that will not be seeking reelection next spring.
The departure of the three high-profile MLAs comes just a day after Kevin Falcon announced his resignation from cabinet and indicated he won't seek reelection.
Abbott, the education minister and MLA for Shuswap, said in a statement today (August 30) that the time has come for him to pursue “different opportunities and challenges.”
“This has truly been the experience of a lifetime for me,” he said.
McNeil, the minister of children and family development, said her decision came after “much discussion” with her family.
“It was not an easy one to make as I have very much enjoyed my time in public office,” she said in a statement.
Les, who is currently the parliamentary secretary to Premier Christy Clark, didn’t cite a specific reason for his departure in a statement posted on his website this morning.
Les has served three terms as the MLA for Chilliwack. He indicated he will stay on as MLA until next May.
The growing list of B.C. Liberal caucus members who have announced they won’t run again in the May 2013 election include Murray Coell, Harry Bloy, Bill Barisoff, Kevin Kreuger, Kash Heed, and Dave Hayer.