The Peace River North Constituency is now officially without an MLA, as the resignation of newly appointed Senator, Richard Neufeld, went to the speaker of the provincial legislature this morning. Speaking this morning on Issues and Answers, Mr. Neufeld confirmed, from now until the provincial election this spring, Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom, will be the only Northeast BC elected official, in the legislature… [asset|aid=816|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b6ce525ba7513c4e2f6f2666f1f367e5-Neufeld_1_Pub.mp3] Mr. Neufeld has had several in-confidence-discussions, with people who have indicated some interest, in seeking the Liberal nomination. While not revealing any names he said he’s hopeful some younger people, with a long term service interest, will come forward. Mr. Neufeld was first elected to represent the riding in 1991 and, held the seat for more than 17 years, serving under the BC Social Credit, Reform and Liberal banners. He was appointed the Liberal government’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, in 2001 and, saw the Ministry register an Oil and Gas rights sales record, in each of the last two calendar years.