EDITORIAL – John Horgan will leave with a mixed legacy as B.C.’s premier

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHEN POLITICIANS RETIRE — just as when they die — the general rule is that we ignore the things we didn’t like about them and talk about the good they’ve done.

But let’s be candid about John Horgan, who announced yesterday he’ll step aside as premier in the fall.

He says he just doesn’t have the energy he needs for the job anymore, after undergoing grueling radiation treatments for cancer. He deserves credit for putting his health, and his family, ahead of politics.

Horgan will leave the BC NDP in good shape but with a mixed legacy as premier.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – John Horgan will leave with a mixed legacy as B.C.’s premier

  1. Why all that skewed negativity? He did a good job in a very tough period. Compare his tenure to any other premier in recent memory and there is no doubt that overall he has done remarkably well.

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