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MLA MacKay won’t run for re-election in 2009

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Liberal backbenche­r Dennis MacKay plans to leave provincial politics next year.

The Bulkley ValleyStik­ine MLA is the fifth Liberal to strike their name from the 2009 election roster. Finance Minister Carole Taylor, Labour Minister Olga Ilich and backbenche­rs Lorne Mayencourt and Katherine Whittred are also stepping down.

Premier Gordon Campbell said in a news release that MacKay is a “dedicated and tireless voice” for the people in his riding. “He is a strong advocate for the revitalize­d mining industry in the northwest,” Campbell said.

The two-term MLA, however, came under fire recently for saying that “a lot of aboriginal people benefited greatly from the residentia­l school system, but we never hear from them.”

He also said his daughter teaches in a First Nations community and comes home in tears some days “because of the lack of parenting skills of these people who have had these children.”

The NDP called for his removal from the children’s committee, but MacKay, who voted against two First Nations treaties last year, stood by his remarks.

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