‘EXCLUSIVE’ BREAKING NEWS: Boundary Similkameen MLA John Slater NOT Running in May 2013
I just spoke to Independent Boundary Similkameen MLA, John Slater, in a lengthy conversation.
Nice man. Very nice man. But conflicted and tired–without question.
In the half hour off the record conversation we had, he did go on the record for just a moment.
“Alex, I’ve decided I’m actually NOT going to run in May. The last week has taught me that politics is too tough on people’s families, and I’ve done enough and just think it’ll be too tough on my family if I go again. I just wanted you to know that, and I appreciate how you’ve treated me.”
Whatever else Slater is, he’s a pretty down-to-earth guy in a business that routinely eats people alive.
Retiring from politics? It’s the smart move. He was smeared by the BC Liberal party on his way out the door. You do not make statements about people’s personal lives unless you have proof–and show that proof. The BC Liberals showed no proof of Slater being a drunk. Does he drink? I bet he does, and if he over imbibes, that’s between him and his liver, as long as he’s functional. But the smear, I think, plus other information I managed to corral, led this otherwise good guy to the smart decision.
Good for him.
He did, in fact, get back to me well before my deadline yesterday (as did a staff member of Marji Basso’s–she’s still hiding from me and sending out surrogates).
So Slater is done (and if Basso has any decency whatsoever she’ll immediately resign from her position as candidate for the NDP in Boundary Similkameen–or the NDP should show some unwavering ethical standards and fire her forthwith).
Best wishes to Slater in his retirement.
I’m back Monday. Feel free to open up over the weekend on any topic in the comments section of this post. I’ll be checking in frequently.
It’s icy out there. Please be careful.