Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson has confirmed he will be seeking re-election when BC voters go to the polls on Oct. 24.
This morning (April 21), B.C. Premier John Horgan officially terminated his minority government agreement with the B.C. Green Party and called an election.
While it had been rumoured for some time, Gibson said today’s announcement still came as a surprise.
“I was frankly quite surprised, given the continued impact of COVID-19 on our citizens. There had been many rumours about the possibility of an election but, the announcement was, nevertheless, a surprise.”
Gibson does not yet know who he will be running against as the NDP has yet to confirm a candidate in this riding. However, Gibson said he knows what at least one of the election issues will be.
“I believe the public is looking for security and for leadership beyond COVID and how we are going to ensure stability over the coming years.”
Gibson was first elected MLA in the riding in 2013. He was reelected in May of 2017 when he easily defeated NDP candidate Andrew Christie. Gibson picked up 12,080 votes compared to the second-place finisher, Christie, who earned 6,754.
Gibson is hoping for another endorsement by the voters.
“I am looking forward to serving our constituents for the next term.”