By The Canadian Press on June 13, 2018.
GRAND FORKS, B.C. – B.C. Premier John Horgan says the New Democrat member whose potential departure from the legislature could loosen his government’s hold on power believes he’s the best man for the job of Nanaimo mayor.
Horgan says Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog, who is expected to make an announcement tonight regarding the mayoral race, has thought “long and hard” about running for the job.
The premier says Krog has been overwhelmed by members from the community across the political spectrum urging him to bring stability to the council which has been beset with infighting.
Horgan says Krog, a five-time MLA, believes along with many other people that he is the best person to address those problems and that he will continue his duties as MLA until the municipal election period begins this fall.
The departure of an NDP member of the legislature could have significant implications for the New Democrat-Green alliance’s hold on a razor-thin majority in the legislature.
If Krog jumps to municipal politics, a byelection would be required in the Nanaimo riding and although it is considered a safe NDP seat, a loss to the Liberals would leave Horgan’s minority government tied with the Opposition at 43 seats, with one independent.
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