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 ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.