British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has confirmed all three local area MLAs will be running in the next provincial election come May 2017.
Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris had previously given their intentions to run again, but it was still questionable whether or not Shirley Bond would be running in the next election.
At the Billy Barker Days festival in Quesnel Saturday, the Premier expressed her joy and confirmed Bond will seek another term with the Prince George-Valemount constituency after first being elected 15 years ago. “The decision for her (Bond) was to spend a bunch of time with her grand kids today which she wanted to do, or get a chance to really make sure that their future is secure and she decided to run again so she can make sure their future is secure,” said Clark.
When asked what other challenges the Premier might face leading up to the provincial election, she mentioned the lack of an LNG deal getting to final investment.
“We will get there, it’s going to be slower than we thought, I mean everyone knows oil and gas is pretty tough slugging out there,” she said. “I’m determined we will get there unfortunately not on the timeline that we hoped, but you look at the rest of the economy and we are still going full steam without LNG, just imagine how good it’s going to be for our kids when we get there.”