VICTORIA — B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is sending strong signals the Winter Olympics are giving him a second political wind, dashing widespread speculation the three-term leader was considering retiring in first place after the Games.
Campbell, who turns 61 in January, says his job is only half finished and he's planning to run for a fourth-straight term in 2013.
Opposition New Democrat Leader Carole James said she's also planning to meet Campbell for a third election showdown in 2013.
In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Campbell said 2009 was a tough year despite winning a third majority term.
Campbell said the government's plan to introduce a harmonized sales tax upset British Columbians, his popularity dropped and the government's budget -- a record B.C. deficit at $2.8 billion -- was ravaged by the global financial meltdown.
"It's been tumultuous. It's been tough. It's been trying in lots of ways," the premier said.
But he's not in the mood to quit.
Trying to quiet the rumours Premier Campbell is making noises..
Will he in your opinion follow thru ? This is still a long ways away if the BC Election Law is carried thru..