By Kimberley Molina
The resignation of MLA Blair Lekstrom as a Liberal cabinet minister and caucus member has surprised more than just his South Peace constituents.
The MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm, says he was also surprised by Lekstrom’s decision.
“Obviously it’s a decision that the minister has made and I think the minister…. has been a good energy minister and it’s his decision and I certainly respect his decision.”
Pimm says he believes that many MLAs are feeling pressure due to the Harmonized Sales Tax controversy and he also acknowledges the high opposition to the HST in his riding. However, he says he will wait to see the petition and then deal with any problems that may arise.
“I firmly believe that there’s a process in place and I think we’re following a process at this point in time.”
The HST has been a controversial subject and, despite Lekstrom’s resignation, Pimm says he is not considering following Lekstrom in his decision to step down.
“The thought has never crossed my mind.”