VICTORIA (NEWS1130) – One of BC’s most outspoken MLA’s won’t be seeking re-election next May.

Kevin Krueger is calling it a career after 16 years in the Legislature.

“My presence is a continual reminder to people that they were upset about the HST and I was constantly supporting it, and I still do,” says Krueger.  

“Even though I feel very confident that I would be re-elected in Kamloops-South Thompson, I feel that because I am so tied to the decisions we made, it might be a problem for some of our new candidates. I think it’s better for Premier Christy Clark to get a fresh face,” he believes.

Krueger recently questioned NDP leader Adrian Dix‘s integrity after Dix was caught riding the SkyTrain without a ticket. But Dix only had nice things to say about Krueger after learning he was leaving BC politics.

“I want to wish Kevin well,” says Dix. “I think it’s easy to be critical in this day and age, but he’s contributed to the province and done his best, and I just want to wish him well.”

Krueger served in cabinet under former Premier Gordon Campbell. He once yelled, “We love you Gord,” when Campbell announced he was dropping the tolls on the Coquihalla Highway.
Krueger says Campbell’s successor, Christy Clark, didn’t push him out.

“She has been wonderfully supportive,” Krueger says. “I would have thought some of the issues I have gone after while she has been Premier would have irritated her, but she has defended my right as a private member to raise controversial issues.”

Clark issued a statement thanking Krueger for his service to the province and his ‘granite-like’ integrity.

Krueger says he’s also making this decision because he wants to spend more time with his family.

“Recently I missed a kindergarten soccer tournament where my grandson, who is a soccer star, got seven goals in two games,” Krueger says. “He really would have liked for me to have been there. I would have really liked that, too.”

He’ll be taking back his former job with ICBC.