B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government is losing another high-profile MLA.
Former cabinet minister Iain Black is resigning as MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam to start work in early October as Vancouver Board of Trade CEO.
Black announced the move in a statement today (August 24).
“I have tremendously mixed emotions about leaving elected office,” he said. “While excited about embracing the challenges ahead leading the Vancouver Board of Trade, I will really miss my colleagues and our incredible staff, and engaging with the people in the Tri-Cities even more so.”
Black has previously held cabinet positions as minister of labour; minister of small business, technology and economic development; and minister of labour and citizens’ services.
Black was first elected as MLA for Port Moody-Westwood in 2005 and reelected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2009.
In the private sector, he has held top leadership positions at several technology companies including Open Solutions Canada and the Electric Mail Company. He has also worked for IBM.
Black is the second high-profile Liberal legislator in less than a week to reveal he is leaving provincial politics.
On August 18 Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner announced he is resigning as B.C. attorney general and will not seek reelection, citing family commitments.