B.C's Liberal Party loses another MLA 

Sea to Sky's Joan McIntyre bowing out of provincial politics

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Joan McIntyre, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, has announced she won't be running in the next provincial election.

McIntyre said in a news release that she had always planned to serve no more than two terms since she was first elected in 2005.

"It has been an honour and privilege to serve in public life and I want to thank all those who supported me in my endeavours, particularly my family, MLA colleagues, staff, and my riding executive," McIntyre said in a release this morning adding that she will continue to work hard for constituents right up until the day the election is called.

McIntyre left her career in the market research industry to enter political life. She was a co-founder of McIntyre & Mustel Research, which is now known as the Mustel Group. Her political career included a stint in cabinet as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations in 2008 and 2009. She has chaired the Legislature's Children and Youth Committee for the last three years and she served on a number of legislative committees.

"I am extremely proud that the major legacies such as the safety upgrade to Hwy 99, all the Olympic infrastructure, including the new Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood in Whistler, the adoption of the Sea to Sky Land Resource Management Plan, the Malamute lands being annexed into Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Capilano's designation as a university, and their addition of the film centre, as well as the funding of the Hope Centre for Psychiatry and Education at Lions Gate Hospital," said McIntyre.

The next provincial election is scheduled for May of next year.

Dave Davenport, a member of the Liberal constituency association in the riding, said he will chair the committee tasked with finding a new candidate to represent the Liberal party in this riding in the next election.

Check Thursday's Pique for more on McIntyre's retirement from politics.

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