Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming to not seek re-election

Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming to not seek re-election
Province of BC
Rob Fleming speaks to media in a file photo.

Rob Fleming has joined the list of South Island politicians who have declared they do not intend to seek re-election in October, along with two other NDP MLAs.

Rob Fleming, the MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake, announced his provincial political journey will come to an end at the next election.

“I have enjoyed working directly with two dedicated, thoughtful and hard-working premiers, John Horgan and David Eby, and I thank them for their confidence in me in the role of Minister of Education and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure,” Fleming said in a statement.

“Today in Victoria-Swan Lake and the Capital Region, thousands of new, affordable homes have been built or are under construction. Homes for seniors, young people starting careers, working families, students, as well as the most vulnerable in society. Partnerships with non-profits, post-secondary institutions, municipal housing corporations and the private sector are helping expand the stock of affordable housing in my community and across B.C.”

As minister of education, Fleming points to the work done to build and upgrade schools, including western Canada’s oldest secondary school Victoria High.

In his previous role as minister of transportation and infrastructure, he points to his work to expand public transportation, electrifying transit, building rapid bus systems, implementing Transit Oriented Development and other road improvements.

“While I am not seeking re-election this October, I remain deeply committed to working my utmost to re-elect Premier Eby and the BC NDP team,” Fleming said.

“This government has accomplished much, but there is much more to do. I am optimistic about our province’s ability to solve complex problems when we work together. And I hope to continue to be able to contribute to solving our challenges in a different capacity in the future.”

Fleming was first elected in the former riding of Victoria-Hillside in 2005. Then, when the riding became Victoria-Swan Lake, he was re-elected to that riding in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2020.

The provincial election is is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2024.

Fleming joins fellow NDP member Murray Rankin and BC Greens politician Adam Olsen as South Island politicians not seeking re-election.

Meanwhile, longtime NDP politicans Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton and Minister of Labour – and Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley and BC Forest Minister, also announced they were not seeking re-election Thursday.

All three MLAS were first elected in 2005, and have served five terms in the legislature.

Bains said in a statement it was the honour of a lifetime to represent his constituents and serve as B.C.’s labour minister.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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