The NDP's Catherine Bell has been battling at the ballot box in Vancouver Island North with Conservative John Duncan for years. She narrowly lost to the incumbent Duncan in 2004, and narrowly unseated him in 2006 to serve a term as MP before she lost to Duncan, now Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, in 2008.
"I bought a small business last year and it's taking pretty much 999 per cent of my time," Bell told the Courier-Islander Tuesday. "It's a real lot of work and I just don't have the time to spend to be a proper candidate and I don't want to leave the party hanging. I want them to find someone who can commit the time that it needs to do a good job.
"This is another chapter in my life. It's the first business that I've ever owned and I want to make it work and be successful. I find that I'm really enjoying it and I just don't have the time to dedicate to being a full-time candidate, giving it what it needs."
A former Courtenay city councilor, he's best known for leading the fight against the BC NDP government when it tried to seize the assets of charities such as Glacier View Lodge (a complex care facility), and later against the BC Liberal government when it reneged on its promise to build long-term care beds for the province's seniors.
Learn more about Mike on his campaign web site, mikeholland.liberal.ca, and his Facebook group.
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