Terry Lake will call it a day after the next provincial election. He announced today he won’t run for another term as Kamloops-North Thompson MLA, citing a need to be closer to family.
The health minister is in his second term as an MLA.
“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 B.C.," said Lake.
“I am proud of local accomplishments such as infrastructure at Royal Inland Hospital, TRU and Norkam, and also helping to strengthen the communities of Sun Peaks, Barriere, and Clearwater."
Premier Christy Clark said Lake has been an “invaluable” member of her team — “a constant champion for Kamloops and the Interior for over 14 years, service as city councilor, mayor and MLA.
“He brings a laser focus to public service and an unparalleled work ethic,” she said. “Most of all, everyone around him knows he meets every aspect of his work with honesty and integrity.”
A veterinarian by profession, Lake was elected to Kamloops city council in 2002 and became mayor in 2005, serving a term before moving into provincial politics. He served as a parliamentary secretary, then environment minister before Clark appointed him as health minister in June 2013.
Lake didn’t indicate his plans for life after retirement, but he’s on leave from Thompson Rivers University.
The Hospital Employees Union said Lake deserves recognition and thanks for the tough job of overseeing the province’s complex health care system.
“While our union did not always agree with the minister and his government’s health care policies, there’s no question that Lake carried out his responsibilities with commitment,” said the union’s secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside.