British Columbia’s Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon has resigned and won’t run as a candidate in the province’s next election, according to a statement today on his constituency website.
The resignation is effective immediately. He will remain a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Surrey- Cloverdale until the next election, slated for May 14, 2013.
“I have made these decisions for both personal and practical reasons,” Falcon said in the statement. “After almost 12 years in public life, I wish to return to the private sector.”
Falcon is stepping aside as the popularity of the province’s ruling Liberal Party and Premier Christy Clark slides in public opinion polls and voter support for New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix rises.
Clark has asked Shirley Bond, the province’s attorney general, minister of public works and solicitor general, to become acting finance minister, according to a statement on a government website.
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