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Outgoing B-C Jobs Minister Pat Bell says he feels just fine, but a heart aneurysm is spelling the end of his political career.
Bell says the aneurysm was detected last fall, and he may eventually need surgery...he says it appears to be genetic rather than stress-related.
He says, "stress isn't kind of a factor in terms of the artery or the technical term of it would not be, so I don't know what it is, I know I'm 55 years old, I know I have a brand new grandson, I'd like to be around to see him grow up a little bit, and I think stepping back at this time is the right thing to do."
Bell will not be running for re-election, but will remain as Jobs Minister until the vote....he says he told Premier Christy Clark about his condition in December, and she asked him to reconsider his decision to quit.