PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. - North Coast New Democrat MLA Gary Coons has announced he won't be running again in the next B.C. election.

Coons joins more than a dozen other members of the legislature, both Liberal and NDP, who have also announced they're giving up politics before voters head to the polls next May.

The two-term MLA says he's honoured to have served his constituents and thanked them for putting their trust in him.

Coons says he's proud to be part of such a dedicated team of New Democrats and is looking forward to seeing the party bring positive change in 2013.

New Democrats Dawn Black of New Westminster and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Michael Sather have also announced they won't be running.

Several Liberal MLAs, including former cabinet ministers George Abbott, Kevin Falcon and Blair Lekstrom, have said they too will be leaving politics before the next election.

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  • Ron Cantelon

    The MLA for Parksville-Qualicum was re-elected in 2009 and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Technology in September 2012.

  • John Slater

    John Slater, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen, was elected in 2009. In January 2013, he announced he was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/14/john-slater-quits-bc-liberals-boundary-similkameen_n_2474761.html?1358201798">leaving the B.C. Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent</a> after the party refused to approve his candidacy to run again.

  • Blair Lekstrom

    The Liberal MLA for Peace River South was first elected in 2001. Since 2011, he has served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

  • Colin Hansen

    The MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena was elected in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009.

  • George Abbott

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/30/george-abbott-mary-mcneil-john-les-resign-liberals_n_1844026.html" target="_hplink">Liberal MLA for Shuswap</a> was first elected in 1996. A member of the Priorities and Planning Committee and the Cabinet Committee on Families First, Abbott was appointed the Minister of Education in 2010.

  • Rob Howard

    The Liberal MLA for Richmond Centre was elected in 2009. He cited "personal reasons" for not running again.

  • John Les

    The <a href="http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.ca%2F2012%2F08%2F30%2Fjohn-les-resigns-liberals_n_1843238.html&ei=_EFGULrjHIrM9QSVqIGQBQ&usg=AFQjCNGhfOlOO6ZJqZ4ko1aVyKTXSYiNTg" target="_hplink">Liberal MLA for Chilliwack</a> was first elected in 2001. He served as parliamentary secretary, Minister of Small Business and Economic Development and Public Safety and Solicitor General.

  • Mary McNeil

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/30/george-abbott-mary-mcneil-john-les-resign-liberals_n_1844026.html" target="_hplink">Liberal MLA for Vancouver-False Creek</a> was first elected in 2009. In 2011, she was appointed Minister for Children and Family Development.

  • Kevin Falcon

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/29/kevin-falcon-quits-bc-finance_n_1840174.html" target="_hplink">Liberal MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale</a> was first elected in 2001. He has served as ministers of finance, health and transportation.

  • Dave Hayer

    The Liberal MLA for Surrey-Tynehead was first elected in 2001. He served on the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

  • Joan McIntyre

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/04/rich-coleman-joan-mcintyre_n_1854981.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia" target="_hplink">Liberal MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky</a>, who was first elected in 2005, said she always planned to serve no more than two terms.

  • Harry Bloy

    The Liberal MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed was first elected in 2001. He was the only member of the B.C. Liberal caucus to support Christy Clark's bid for the party leadership. He served as Minister of Social Development and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism.

  • Kash Heed

    The Liberal MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview was first elected in 2009. He served as minister of public safety and solicitor general.

  • Murray Coell

    The Liberal MLA for Saanich North and the Islands was first elected in 2001. He has headed the ministries of labour, environment and advanced education.

  • Kevin Krueger

    The Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson was first elected in 1996. He served as Minister of State for Mining, Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister of Community Development.

  • Bill Barisoff

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/20/bill-barisoff-penticton-mla-quits_n_1811456.html" target="_hplink">Liberal MLA for Penticton</a> was first elected in 1996. In 2005 he was named Speaker of the B.C. Legislature.

  • Gary Coons

    The North Coast NDP MLA was first elected in 2005, and again in 2009.

  • Dawn Black

    The NDP MLA of New Westminster was elected in 2009.

  • Michael Sather

    The NDP MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows was elected in 2005 and 2009. He was the Opposition critic for fisheries.

  • Randy Hawes

    The MLA for Abbotsford-Mission was first elected in 2001, and again in the 2005 and 2009 elections.

  • Diane Thorne

    The NDP MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville was elected in 2005 and again in 2009. She was the deputy opposition critic for education.

  • Guy Gentner

    The NDP MLA for Delta North was elected in 2005 and 2009.



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  • Gordon Campbell

    Liberal MLA for Vancouver ­Point Grey, 15 years $98,175 per year to start $1.7 million lifetime

  • Bill Barisoff

    Liberal MLA for Penticton, 17 years $90,992 per year to start $1.57 million lifetime

  • Murray Coell

    Liberal MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, 17 years $89,000 per year to start $1.54 million lifetime

  • George Abbott

    Liberal MLA for Shuswap, 17 years $89,084 per year to start $1.54 million lifetime

  • Kevin Kruger

    Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, 17 years $87,700 per year to start $1.5 million lifetime

  • Barry Penner

    Liberal MLA for Chilliwack-Hope, 15 years $78,500 per year to start $1.35 million lifetime

  • Kevin Falcon

    Liberal MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, 12 years $62,893 per year to start $1.09 million lifetime

  • Harry Bloy

    Liberal MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed, 12 years $49,000 per year to start $720,000 lifetime (13 years until he turns 80)

  • John Les

    Liberal MLA for Chilliwack, 12 years $48,289 per year to start $835,000 lifetime

  • Dave Hayer

    Liberal MLA for Surrey-Tynehead, 12 years $47,600 per year to start $824,000 lifetime

  • Mary McNeil

    Liberal MLA for Vancouver False Creek, 4 years Ineligible for MLA pension, less than six years of service

  • Iain Black

    Liberal MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam, 6 years $30,000 per year to start $520,000 lifetime

  • Michael Sather

    NDP MLA for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge. 8 years $28,500 per year to start $490,000 lifetime

  • Kash Heed

    Liberal MLA for Vancouver Fraserview, 4 years Ineligible for MLA pension, less than six years of service

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