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John Horgan to step down as B.C. premier, asks party to hold fall leadership race

John Horgan is set to announce at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday that he plans to step down as premier.Horgan will remain on until a new leader is chosen.

He has asked the NDP executive to start the process of a leadership race for the fall.“I have come to the conclusion I could not give six more years. This has been the thrill of my life to be the Premier of British Columbia,” Horgan said.This follows weeks of speculation around his health and political future.Horgan says he came to the decision after walking on the beach with his wife Ellie.The premier says reaching the mid-point of a second term made it clear there needed to a leader focused on the next two years and beyond.“I am proud to say I’m cancer free.

While I have a lot of energy, I must acknowledge this may not be the case two years from now,” Horgan said.“I will continue to do my level best to make politics work for people. This includes pushing the federal government to fund their fair share of health-care costs so we can make our public health-care system work better for everyone.”The 62-year-old was officially sworn in as premier on July 18, 2017, following a confidence vote in the legislature.The BC NDP and the BC Greens had voted together to defeat premier Christy Clark following a close general election, after Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon asked Horgan to govern with the support of the Greens.The new premier will serve until the next provincial election, currently scheduled for the fall of 2024.

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