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Horgan to step down as premier

After five years on the job, John Horgan has announced he’s stepping down as B.C’s premier.

The 62-year-old Horgan says his health problems this past year have made him reevaluate his future in office.

“As we reach the mid-point of our second term, it is clear the tasks ahead of us are enormous and will require a leader focused on the next two years and beyond,” said Horgan.

“A second bout with cancer and dozens of radiation treatments has led me to take stock.”

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While he’s now cancer-free he expects he may not have the energy to keep serving as premier.

Horgan has asked the NDP to launch a leadership race.

“I will stay on as Premier until my successor is chosen. I will continue to do my level best to make politics work for people,” added Horgan.

“This includes pushing the federal government to fund their fair share of health-care costs so we can make our public health-care system work better for everyone.”

He adds that he’s very grateful to be able to serve British Columbians.

“Being Premier is not a job I ever expected to have, yet it’s been the honour of my life,” stated Horgan.

“In the last five years, we’ve accomplished a lot by working together and caring for each other. The work continues.”

(B.C. Liberal MLA’s react to Horgan’s announcement which can be viewed right here)

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