Kamloops-South Thompson MLA and outgoing Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone shared these thoughts via Facebook on Friday evening.
IT’S BEEN QUITE a week in British Columbia politics, and very exciting to have had a front row seat to what will go down as one of the most historic political chapters in BC’s history.
I am sure that Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon was under immense pressure as she made a very important decision yesterday that will impact all British Columbians in the months ahead. While I am profoundly disappointed with her decision to ask NDP Leader John Horgan to form a government, I respect it and feel that we must move on. In fact, this situation highlights one of the biggest reasons we should be so proud to be Canadians, and that is to witness the peaceful transfer of power which will take place over the coming days, something that is not the norm in many corners of the world.
I want to thank Premier Christy Clark for her steadfast, passionate and visionary leadership. With the strongest economy in Canada growing at 3.7%, a $2.8 Bill surplus, and the best job creation record in the country, I believe she will go down as one of the best Premiers B.C. has ever had. Her commitment to the people of this province is unquestioned in my mind.
I also thank Premier Clark for having so much faith in me these past four years, as I have thoroughly enjoyed being B.C.’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister. The men and women in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are among the most professional, engaged and driven folks with whom I have ever had the pleasure to work.
Together, we made great strides enhancing safety and building out B.C.’s highways and other transportation infrastructure across our province. I’m proud that BC leads the nation in how much it spends per capita on transit, airport, cycling and highways infrastructure.
British Columbia will soon have a new Premier and Government, and while it’s not the outcome I was hoping for, I do wish John Horgan well as he assumes the most important political office in our province. It is a huge honour to serve as Premier of British Columbia, and I hope that Mr. Horgan sincerely governs with all British Columbians in mind.
Along with Peter Milobar, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson, I look forward to working as part of the largest and strongest Opposition in BC’s history, as we hold the NDP-Green Coalition Government accountable, and as we work towards the goal of electing a free-enterprise government in British Columbia as soon as possible.
Finally, to the people of Kamloops-South Thompson, it is a true privilege to be your MLA. I remain as focused as ever on ensuring that the projects, initiatives and issues of importance to you are heard loud and clear in Victoria. I will never forget my Kamloops roots, and will continue to work as hard as I can to keep your trust and make you proud.