AS MLA Leonard Krog announced on Wednesday that he would run for mayor of Nanaimo, BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson could not help but take a swipe at Krog and the NDP, saying: “It’s certainly surprising that a capable and long-serving NDP MLA would run for municipal office rather than support the direction and vision of an NDP government only a year into their mandate.”
He added: “Mr. Krog and Premier Horgan know what’s at stake. With an unstable minority government propped up by three Green MLAs in the legislature, the implications of this by-election are significant for the entire province.
“The people of Nanaimo deserve strong representation in Victoria – an effective, full time, active and dedicated MLA as they continue to grow, diversify and strengthen their community.
“We look forward to offering the voters of Nanaimo a compelling choice in the by-election, whenever it comes.”
Krog said he will remain MLA but he won’t take his MLA salary for the period of the municipal campaign.
If he wins the mayoral election, he will resign as MLA. However, if he loses, he will remain an MLA.