If the New Democrats call a provincial election in the coming days, the Liberal MLA for Delta South says he will be ready to secure the riding once again.
In a post on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, Ian Paton said he will seek re-election.
“It is with careful thought and consideration that I share with you that I intend to run again for re-election as MLA for Delta South in the next provincial election,” said Paton. “It has been an honour and privilege to represent our community in the legislature, and with your support, I hope to do so again.
“In recent weeks there has been increased speculation that the NDP government is toying with the idea of a snap election this fall. I hope the NDP sticks with the fixed election date that they put into law upon taking office, however, if the NDP does call a snap election, I will be ready to work hard to win our community’s support once again.”
Paton said he has learned a lot about himself and what makes good governance for our community for the past three and a half years as he has served the community as their MLA.
“Since the NDP took power in 2017, I have become increasingly concerned with the lack of action on key files for members of our community,” he said. “After years of studies and empty promises, the NDP have nothing to show for their lack of action on the George Massey Tunnel replacement. This urgently needed infrastructure project has been languishing on the Minister of Transportation’s desk while thousands of tons of sand have gathered weeds and thistles on the side of Highway 99. Further, since taking power, the NDP have implemented 23 new or increased taxes, increasing the tax burden on local residents and businesses at a time when they are struggling to stay afloat.
“On top of this, a botched back-to-school plan, and absence of any semblance of an economic recovery plan are just a few examples of the NDP’s failure of leadership.
We need to foster opportunity for all in B.C. by getting back to the basics of good government - low taxes, support for small businesses, and a plan to rebuild our economy from the ground up.”