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Shuswap MLA calls Premier's election call 'absolutely disgusting'

September 21, 2020 - 3:32 PM

News of a snap election called early today by B.C. Premier John Horgan is not sitting well with Liberal Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo.

"To basically shut government down for his own political fortune is just absolutely disgusting," Kyllo told "There is no need for an election right now when we should be focussed on governing and providing leadership for all British Columbians."

The Liberal MLA, currently sitting his second term at the legislature, said he would be running again "without question" but wasn't happy an election had been called.

READ MORE: British Columbians going to the polls Oct. 24

"There's been a lot of speculation about the election, I really did not think that John Horgan would put his own political future ahead of the very real needs of British Columbians," Kyllo said. "If you have a look at the pandemic... as much as we've done a good job to date, today we have the highest number of (COVID) cases per capita in all of Canada."

Kyllo criticized the premier for announcing the election just days after Horgan unveiled a $1.5 billion economic recovery plan, describing the move as "political game shift at its worst."

"We just finished a very successful legislative session, sure not all parties are going to necessarily agree on every bill that comes forward, but John Horgan had had the undying support of the two Green Party members and the independent and now Andrew Weaver and was able to have confidence of this house," Kyllo said.

The MLA added he thought B.C. residents would be "very furious" about the upcoming election.

The provincial election is due to take place Oct. 24.

READ MORE: Kelowna Liberal MLA calls snap provincial election 'reprehensible'

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