New Democrat MLA Diane Thorne announces retirement, thanks constituents and New Democrat caucus

After two terms serving as the Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA, Diane Thorne has released this statement, announcing she will not be seeking re-election in May 2013.

“I’ve spent 17 years in public service, three terms with Coquitlam city council, and two terms with the New Democrat caucus, and this has been a most difficult decision. Although a large responsibility, it has been an honour to work with dedicated individuals and community organizations who are committed to making a difference.

“As the education critic I came to appreciate even more the dedicated people who teach our children. As the homelessness and affordable housing critic, I saw first-hand the negative effects of cuts to social services across British Columbia.  It has been a privilege to advocate on behalf of families for issues like improving access to child care, stopping domestic violence, and providing services to youth at risk – all work I hope to continue.

“I wish to extend my sincere thanks to my Coquitlam-Maillardville constituents, New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix, and my caucus colleagues. I look forward to the 2013 election and I believe the commitment and integrity of B.C.’s New Democrats will bring about positive change in the coming years for British Columbians.”