VANCOUVER-British Columbia Prime Minister John Horgan has announced that he is not seeking another term as prime minister in the next election.
Horgan made the announcement Tuesday afternoon but did not give a set date for when he will leave the job, saying he will be prime minister “tomorrow” and “the day after tomorrow”.
“I can’t commit to this job for another six years,” Horgan said at a news conference.
“This was the thrill of my life to be the Prime Minister of British Columbia.”
He said the party will set a date for a leadership convention this fall.
Horgan said he decided he could “not” seek re-election during a weekend cabinet retreat, and told his caucus earlier Tuesday.
The 62-year-old recently had a successful battle with throat cancer after undergoing “rigorous” treatment. He is cancer free, but said the intensity of the work drains his energy, leaving him tired at the end of each day.
The BC NDP took power in the province in 2017 after signing a trust and supply agreement with the provincial Green Party and overthrowing the BC Liberals after more than 15 years in power.
Horgan said he wanted to put speculations about his future as party leader and prime minister to rest.
“I now have to think about what I do with the summers ahead,” he said. “I will give everything I have until there is a replacement.”
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