Statement from Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser and the next B.C. provincial election

VICTORIA – Scott Fraser, New Democrat MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim has issued the following statement regarding British Columbia’s next provincial election.

“I am announcing today that I will not be seeking re-election as the MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in the next provincial election. 

“It has been a privilege and honour to serve as the MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim the last 15 years. I want to thank the people of this constituency for putting their confidence and trust in me.

“My time in opposition provided me a strong foundation where I was able to learn about what matters most to people in Mid Island-Pacific Rim, and how to best represent them in Victoria. During this time I worked with individuals and organizations to bring attention to the harm being done by the government of the day, and I worked hard to hold the government to task. With the help of my staff I helped many constituents navigate provincial government matters and advocated for their concerns. I will be forever grateful for this time.

“Forming government under the leadership of Premier John Horgan was a feeling that I will never forget. Bringing in legislation that will forever change the Province will stay with me for the rest of my life. We are the first jurisdiction in Canada to bring in legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we have invested over 15 million in childcare and funded over 200 homes in Mid Island-Pacific Rim. We have worked outside the box to get projects such as the Bamfield Road financed. We’ve built playgrounds, brought in a poverty reduction strategy, eliminated MSP premiums, banned big money in politics, worked in true partnership with First Nations and invested in education, clean energy and healthcare. I have been so immensely proud and honoured to be in cabinet working for all the people of British Columbia. These are memories that will forever stay with me.

“Over the past year I have had many discussions with those close to me about my decision not to seek re-election. It was a tough call to make because I love my job, but I realize it is time for me to spend more time with my loved ones and allow space for the leaders of tomorrow to step forward.

“There are so many people I want to thank, my constituents, volunteers, friends, staff and colleagues. But most importantly I want to thank my family who have been beside me this entire ride. Dolores, Emma and Cam, thank you for supporting me, encouraging me and standing beside me through every wave.

“This time in provincial office has truly been the honour of my life. I will remember it fondly and look forward to what the future brings.”