With a year to go before next year’s provincial election, we now know there will be a new MLA in Burnaby-Deer Lake.
Kathy Corrigan announced Friday morning that she will not be running in 2017 and will retire before next year’s election.
Corrigan says she wants to give whomever wants the nomination to have plenty of time to set up shop.
As for why she is stepping away after two terms as a provincial politician, Corrigan says she just wants a quieter life.
“I am finding the grind of going to Victoria a lot a little bit hard on my body. I want to spend more time with my family. I have four children and of course a wonderful husband so it is a big commitment. When you become an MLA you make a further commitment for four more years. I thought it was time to step aside.”
When asked she said this was not about any lack of faith in the party’s chances or its leader John Horgan.
“Oh absolutely I think he is a great leader. He is very bright, personable, and I think the people of British Columbia will want to elect him and the team in 2017. I have a lot of faith. I think he is a fantastic leader. I absolutely believe we are going to win in 2017.”
She is the wife of long-time Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan.
Before her two terms in provincial office, she spent three terms as a Burnaby school trustee.