Statement from New Democrat leader Adrian Dix on MLA Gary Coons
“Gary and I were both elected at the same time in 2005. Over the past two terms in office, I have come to know and admire him for his commitment to the province and his constituents, as well as for his sense of humour and understanding.
“In the legislature Gary has distinguished himself as an effective champion of our coastal waters and communities, drawing attention to how they are essential to B.C.’s economy and environment.
“In the wake of the Queen of the North tragedy, Gary's quest for answers helped bring about improvements in marine safety.
"His knowledge of B.C.’s coastline, and commitment to the people who live there, were on full display when I recently joined him for a tour of the Douglas Channel. He passionately demonstrated the importance of the tanker moratorium, now under threat from the Enbridge pipeline proposal, as we navigated through these beautiful but challenging waters.
“Gary has been a powerful voice in making the case that the Northern Gateway Pipeline puts at risk both the economy of the North Coast region, and its marine wildlife and ecosystem. He may be leaving public office, but we all know he will continue to be a staunch defender of B.C.’s best interests."