Hill replacement could already be in the works

The Member of Parliament for the Prince George – Peace River riding has officially announced he will not be seeking re-election.

Now, questions are arising as to when the next election might occur and who might be the person to run for the seat Hill has held since 1993.

Blair Lekstrom recently resigned as a member of the B.C. Liberal party and as minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources to be an independent MLA for the Peace River South region.

There has been speculation that Lekstrom would run in Hill’s seat in the upcoming election, however, Lekstrom says has not been thinking about that option yet and is simply focusing on his current job right now.

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He says whoever replaces Hill will have big shoes to fill but he is confident that the person will work hard for the region.

Another possible option for someone who may run for the seat as a Conservative party member is Bob Zimmer. Zimmer is a shop teacher at North Peace Secondary School and says he grew up in the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John area.

Zimmer has been involved with politics since 1987, signing up with the Reform Party.

Zimmer says he is seriously considering running to be the new Conservative candidate for the riding.

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Hill has served as MP for the riding since 1993 and is also currently the leader of the government in the House of Commons.

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