VICTORIA – Another high-profile B.C. cabinet minister has said he will not run in the next election, blowing another hole in Premier Christy Clark’s already tattered front bench.
Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom says he’s spent 20 years in public office and its time to pursue new opportunities.
His decision comes days after cabinet ministers Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mary McNeil announced they also won’t be running in the May 2013 vote.
Lekstrom was a controversial figure after he quit cabinet and caucus in former premier Gordon Campbell’s government, saying he was unhappy with the Liberals’ handling of the HST.
Clark brought him back into cabinet after she was elected Liberal leader in February 2011.
Earlier today, Energy Minister Rich Coleman dashed rumours he was thinking of quitting, saying he will run again because he can’t stomach the idea of an NDP government after the next election.