BC Liberal parliamentary secretary John Les won't seek re-election in May 2013 elections

Parliamentary secretary and Chillwack MLA John Les announced he won't be pursuing re-election in the May 2013 election today, joining his BC Liberal colleagues Kevin Falcon, Mary McNeil and George Abbott. Les said in a public statement that will serve out his term as Chilliwack MLA.

“This has been a difficult decision. Since first being elected to public office as an alderman in Chilliwack in 1983, there have been countless rewarding and fulfilling experiences” Les said. “I would particularly like to pay tribute to the two Premiers with whom I have had the pleasure to serve, Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark. Both are incredible people and both have made great contributions to British Columbia.”

Les was first elected to the BC parliament in 2001. Before becoming parliamentary secretary, he served as Minister of Small Business and Economic Development and Public Safety and Solicitor General.

He previously served as a councillor and then mayor of Chilliwack from 1987 to 1999. 

“I trust I have been able to represent the people of Chilliwack well and hope they will forgive any shortcomings on my part,” Les said in his statement. “I am grateful that Chilliwack is a thriving and growing community."

Les also thanked his family, stating that political life could be "exacting and demanding."

He concluded his statement with a strong words of support for Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals, promising to do "everything [he] can to ensure Premier Clark and the BC Liberal government is re-elected in May 2013."

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