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Terry Lake not running in 2017 election

Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 10:25 am PDT

Health Minister Terry Lake and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall attended a overdose conference in Vancouver (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130, Photo)

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – The health minister says he will not run for a third term with the BC Liberals.

The former mayor of Kamloops has held several high profile cabinet posts, including Environment and Health.

Currently he represents Kamloops-North Thompson.

Lake says this wasn’t an easy choice. “This was not an easy decision for me and my family as we are part of a tremendous team locally and provincially that has accomplished a great deal to ensure a strong future for BC.”

He notes the 2010 Winter Olympics, helping to plan and build new hospital infrastructure in Kamloops, Penticton, Vancouver, and New Westminster, and helping to develop the five conditions for any new heavy oil pipelines through BC as highlights of his career.

Premier Christy Clark released a statement about his departure.

“Terry will be missed on the campaign trail, but I have no doubt he will go on helping and advising BC Liberals, both  in his community and across the province. He will continue to serve as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson and Minister of Health. On behalf of all Terry’s colleagues, I want to thank Lisa and their three beautiful daughters for sharing him, and wish the Lake family all the best in the next phase of their lives.”