Gordon Campbell Resigns: B.C. Premier Steps Down - Sunk By HST
British Columbia Premier, Gordon Campbell Resigns
With his personal popularity at an all time low, Gordon Campbell, the premier of British Columbia, has resigned.
Gordon Campbell made the announcement that he was stepping down as Premier, and leader of the B.C. Liberal Party at news conference on Wednesday.
It was always worth the effort,” said Mr. Campbell, who has led the party since 1993 and has served as premier for almost a decade.
“We have lost sight of what is important. When that happens it is time for a change.”
Gordon Campbell and his Liberal Party secured 3 consecutive majority governments but it always seemed that Campbell's popularity with the people of the province was never that high.
The recent controversy surrounding the HST pushed Gordon Campbell's approval ratings into the single digits - an untenable situation for any politician.
Campbell had tried in recent months to resurrect his dismal personal popularity, which had dipped to below 10 per cent.
Most recently, in a province-wide television address last week he promised a 15 per cent income tax cut - the second-largest in the province’s history - in what was widely seen as an attempt to appease angry voters.
He also shuffled his cabinet last week, reorganizing numerous ministries and attempting to grab control of the political agenda.
Gordon Campbell is scheduled to meet with the Liberal caucus on Thursday.