Former B.C. ag minister won’t run again

Former British Columbia agriculture minister Corky Evans has announced he won’t run in next year’s provincial election, ending what B.C. media have called a “colourful” career in provincial politics.

Evans, currently the NDP opposition’s critic for the agriculture and lands portfolio, is the MLA for Nelson-Creston, a riding he’s represented since 1991 but for one term (2001-05) during Gordon Campbell’s Liberal sweep.

Evans was minister of agriculture for NDP premiers Glen Clark and Ujjal Dosanjh, handling the ag portfolio from 1996 to 2000 as well as the rural development file in 2000. Evans also served in the health and transportation portfolios.

The MLA’s previous careers outside politics have included work as a logger, a longshoreman, a first-aid attendant and a highways surveyor.

Evans, who lives in the Slocan Valley community of Winlaw, northwest of Nelson, is also credited for helping to found the Columbia Basin Trust and the BC Sharing program to provide B.C.-grown food to people in need.

Under its new system of fixed election dates, B.C.’s next provincial election is scheduled for May 12, 2009.

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