Slater snubbed by Liberal party

Slater snubbed by Liberal party

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BC Liberal president Sharon White confirmed Monday that MLA John Slater will not be the BC Liberal candidate in Boundary-Similkameen for the 2013 election.
“They had this in the works for a long time; they wanted me out,” said a disappointed Slater, who must now re-evaluate his future.
Slater reacted sadly to the news release sent to the media on Monday, saying he did a really good job for the riding and wanted to continue as MLA.
Slater said he filed his nomination papers in September, but the party didn’t respond. In December, one member said he had no chance of winning and should step down. But Slater decided otherwise after speaking to hundreds of people. He even garnered unanimous support at an executive meeting, but the party still ignored his calls.
Finally, the party told him it didn’t want him as a candidate representing the riding. Slater said he would have preferred to hear this last September instead of January.
The MLA said he is unsure of his future plans. “I’ll just have to come up with something else to do.”
White said Slater’s candidacy is not being approved due to personal issues that, “in our view impact his ability to represent the party.” (Those issues were not revealed.)
Meanwhile, Oliver Town councillor Linda Larson has announced her plan to replace Slater as MLA. The former mayor said she didn’t seek out the position, but was approached by the Liberals. “I know and understand the party’s reasons behind not endorsing John as the candidate. I hope people will accept and support me as the candidate in the next election in May.”

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