Following the resignation of British Columbia Premier John Horgan ahead of the 2024 election, Chilliwack-Kent MP Kelli Paddon said his leadership had inspired her.
“He worked hard and guided us through extraordinary challenges as a result of his own health issues,” Paddon said. “The example he set is inspiring, and our entire caucus is ready to continue this work and build on what we have achieved together.
The Prime Minister announced he would not run in 2024 on June 28. In previous months, Horgan had undergone treatment for throat cancer and had been infected with COVID-19. Although his health is good and he is still cancer-free at the moment, Horgan said his energy was low and he would not be able to commit to another six years on the job. Horgan said he would remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen and MP for Langford-Juan de Fuca – a position he has held since 2005 – until the next election.
Economic Recovery Minister Ravi Kahlon withdrew from the leadership race on Wednesday July 6, giving his support to Attorney General David Eby, who has not announced his intention to run at press time. . A leadership convention is expected to take place this fall.
She added that the timing of the announcement will allow for a smooth leadership transition.
Paddon said Horgan has built a strong team to build a better BC
“He has personally helped me a great deal in serving the community I love, and I am sure that, while he will continue his work as an MP once a new leader has been chosen, I will always count on him to obtain tips and advice, which I look forward to.
As for a new leader, although Paddon hasn’t named a specific candidate, she’s looking for someone with a clear platform addressing a number of local and provincial issues, including affordability, housing , health care, transportation and reconciliation, to name a few. .
“I will also be looking for a candidate who understands that the solutions for us here in the Fraser Valley may seem different than in other parts of the province, and I’m encouraged that our voices here will continue to be heard,” Paddon said. .
– With files from The Canadian Press and Cole Schisler
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