With head held high and without regret, John Horgan bows out

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Head held high and without regret, John Horgan takes his leave

John Horgan has been Premier of British Columbia since 2017.

A page is turned in British Columbia: After five years at the helm of the province, John Horgan bade farewell as premier on Thursday at the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, full of humor and humor. #x27;humility.

Even though it was the best job in the universe, it was time to go, said John Horgan on his last day as Prime Minister of Province.

The good news is that there are plenty of young people in my caucus who are up for the challenge. I am optimistic that we will be in good hands, as a province and as a community. I have no regrets.

Since 2017, the New Democrat has led British Columbia. First leader of a minority government, marked by an alliance with the Green Party, his party succeeded in 2020 in obtaining a majority of positions in the Legislative Assembly of Victoria.

After treatment for throat cancer, John Horgan chose in June to step down as prime minister to prioritize his health and his family.

Former Attorney General David Eby will officially take over on Friday, after his swearing-in. At 46, he was elected leader of the New Democratic Party in September, after being the only remaining candidate in the party's leadership race, which automatically earned him the position of leader of the province.

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For generations, my opponents have said that you can't vote for the New Democratic Party without it being the end of the world, quipped the Prime Minister.

We can change things in British Columbia and good things can happen. Not just bad ones, he asserted.

He encourages anyone interested in entering politics to do so, even though younger generations may have lost faith in their leaders and their power to act. Do it. But tell your wife first. Don't be like me announcing it on the radio, he joked.

The legacy of which John Horgan is most proud is the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in 2019, and continued work to ensure its principles are upheld, he said.

“Even after getting two degrees in history, I still didn't know what a residential school was for Indians. Until I walked into a gymnasium with survivors during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We have to do something to fix this.

— John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia

The president of the Union of BC Native Chiefs, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, says the implementation of this measure would not have been possible without the leadership of John Horgan.

Despite remaining disagreements over the expansion of the natural gas industry and the conservation of ancient forests, the Union remains proud of the joint work that has been accomplished with the province, says her in a statement.

The Royal BC Museum construction project has drawn the ire of the opposition as the province faced many challenges, including the pandemic and inflation.

Despite what he says is a no-regret departure, the Prime Minister acknowledges that the controversy surrounding the construction of the new Royal BC Museum also remains a sore point. It makes me sad […] I really thought that [this project] was going to bring tears of joy. And wow, I really missed it.

“But the good news is that now, more people than ever know that we have a museum and that it needs fixing. This work is going to be evaluated and everything will be better thanks to the black eye I received. »

—John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating wildfire seasons and catastrophic flooding, John Horgan has remained high in the British Columbian appreciation polls.

Usually when a Prime Minister leaves office, it is because he or she has lost the election. Mr. Horgan leaves at the height of his glory, finally, believes political analyst Nicolas Kenny, professor of history at Simon Fraser University.

And this, despite big questions outstanding on the provincial climate plan, he said.

Even today he continues to be in the top 2 or top 3 of premiers in the country. He really managed to make changes, objectively, without really offending or angering anyone. It's really his secret, adds Bryan Breguet, political scientist and founder of the blog Too Close to Call/If the trend continues.

John Horgan says he has no doubts about David Eby's ability to take over. He did give him some advice before he bowed out though: Smile at your enemies, it'll drive them crazy.

With information from Wildinette Paul and La presse canadienne

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