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Photo:  Blair Lekstrom speaks with the media Friday afternoon – Brent Hodson/

By Dwight Ford

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Blair Lekstrom, often in the past referred to as a Liberal maverick, put an exclamation mark behind that word today, when he walked away from both the Liberal cabinet and caucus of Premier Gordon Campbell…


Citing his belief that an elected politician should put voter interests ahead of political party interests, he left little doubt that in this case it was opposition by voters in his riding to the Harmonized Sales Tax, which prompted his decision…

More in this report from CKNW’S Sean Leslie…

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Now the ink had barely dried on the Lekstrom announcement, when the Premier announced his replacement, and a chain reaction cabinet shuffle.

Community Development Minister Bill Bennett takes over Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, and Ben Stewart replaces him.

Mary McNeil moves into Mr. Stewart’s job as Minister of Citizens Services, and her former portfolio of Minister of State for the Olympics and ACT-NOW BC will be absorbed, by the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.

The Premier seemed to take the Lekstrom decision in stride, calling it important and significant…and adding this…



He also added it’s too late to un-do the HST, and said he still plans to start correcting this summer, what he again called "misinformation" about the blended sales tax.

Opposition reaction went in a different direction, and this is New Democrat MLA Adrian Dix…


That of course begs the question, "What about Pat Pimm…?


We don’t have reaction yet from the Peace River North MLA, but we’re working on it.



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