‘This has been the thrill of my life’: BC Premier John Horgan won’t run in next election


VANCOUVER—British Columbia Premier John Horgan has announced he’s not seeking another term as premier 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 the premier “tomorrow” and the “day after tomorrow.”

“I’m not able to make another six-year commitment to this job,” Horgan said during a news conference.

“This has been the thrill of my life to be the premier of British Columbia.”

He said the party will set a date for a leadership convention this autumn.

Horgan said he decided he “could not” seek re-election during a cabinet retreat over the weekend, and told his caucus earlier Tuesday.

The 62-year-old has recently had a successful battle against throat cancer after “rigorous” treatment. He is cancer free but said the intensity of the job depletes his energy, leaving him tired at the end of each day.

The BC NDP took the reins of power in the province in 2017 after striking a confidence and supply agreement with the provincial Green Party and toppling the BC Liberals after more than 15 years in power.

Horgan said he wanted to put speculation about his future as party leader and premier to rest.

“I have to now reflect with what I do with the summers I have ahead of me,” he said. “I will give everything I have until there is a replacement.”

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