Veteran Island NDP politician Maurine Karagianis says she won’t seek re-election next May, as the Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA says she wants to spend more time with family.
Karagianis made her announcement the same day BC health minister Terry Lake announced he has decided not to run again for his Kelowna-North Thompson seat in the legislature.
Karagianis says she’s been deliberating about her political future for months before decididng to bring to an end a 12-year, three-term career in provincial politics.
She says she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren, on community involvement, and on hobbies, such as bee-keeping, and says her departure will allow for renewal in the NDP, as it seeks to form government under the leadership of John Horgan next spring.
“I just think it’s time to move on and allow some new energy, new ideas, some new members to come into the party,” she said.
Karagianis, who is the party’s whip and critic for women and early childhood development, says she will continue fighting for women’s issues, including safety improvements along the highway of tears.
Meanwhile Lake says he’s leaving because of the strain political life has had on his family. Lake was first elected in 2009 and served as both health and environment minister. Before that he was mayor of Kamloops.