The Member of Parliament for the Prince George – Peace River riding has announced he is not seeking re-election.
Many public figures in the region discussed their feelings about Hill’s announcement.
The MLA for Peace River South, Blair Lekstrom, says he thinks Hill has done a great job for the people in the Peace Region and wishes him well in his future. He added that whoever replaces Hill will have to work hard to accomplish as much as Hill has for the riding.
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The Mayor of Fort St. John, Bruce Lantz, says Hill has been a good friend of his for many years and that although he understands his decision, he will be sorry to see him end his career as a member of the federal government.
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Lantz added that he hopes he can have the same respectful relationship with the next MP as he has had with Hill.
Karen Goodings is the chair of the Peace River Regional District and says she feels Hill has worked very hard for the region but respects the fact that he is going to pursue other interests.
She says it will be difficult to find someone who can represent the geographically large area that Hill has strongly represented over the years.
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Hill has been involved in politics for several decades, first running as a candidate for the Reform party in 1988. He has served the riding in the House of Commons since 1993 and was appointed as Leader of the Government in the House by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The seat in the House will now be up for the taking and the question remains of who will be running in Hill’s place.