The Member of Parliament for Prince George – Peace River has officially announced he will be retiring in three weeks.
Jay Hill made the announcement in the House of Commons, Monday, and says he feels that it is time to step down and thanked his constituents.
He officially announced on July 21 that he would not be seeking re-election, however he did not indicate he would step down before the next election.
He says despite the fact that the riding won’t have an MP after he steps down, constituents will still have the same access to services.
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Hill says he suspects the opposition will probably bring down the government within six months, forcing a general election and negating a need for a by-election in the riding.
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Hill first ran in the federal election as a Reform Party candidate. He has been the MP for the Prince George – Peace River riding since 1993 and was most recently the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons from 2008 until a minor cabinet shuffle in early August.
Although it is not known for sure who will run for his seat in the next election, there have already been three people who have announced their candidacy for the federal Conservative nomination.