SURREY – The irrelevant and back-bench BC Liberal MLA Dave Hayer jumped Christy Clark’s sinking ship and will now seek a bigger pay cheque as MP, hoping to secure a federal Conservative nomination in possibly the new riding that will be created before the next election.
Hayer’s Surrey-Tynehead constituency office released a press release Monday afternoon, confirming the MLA will not seek a fourth term in the B.C. legislature.
“It has been a great 11 years, and it has been an honour to represent the residents of Surrey-Tynehead as well as other areas of the City of Surrey throughout that time and during the many achievements we brought here,” said Hayer in the release. “I entered provincial politics to accomplish a number of things that I believed were needed in my constituency, in Surrey and in the Province of British Columbia. I have achieved virtually all those goals.”
Hayer cited a new Port Mann Bridge, expansion of Surrey Memorial Hospital, the new Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University, upgrading of Kwantlen Polytechnic University to a full university, and the construction of new schools as accomplishments during his time as an MLA.
But this was mostly political hot air as Hayer, who was a failed businessman before he joined politics, hasn’t made much of an impact and has been relegated to the back benches under both the tainted former Premier Gordon Campbell and current tainted leader Clark. Both are tainted in their role in the corrupt BC Rail deal which went to Campbell’s buddies.
Hayer was first elected to parliament in 2001, defeating the NDP’s Barry Bell by more than 9,000 votes. He was re-elected in 2005 with more than 51 per cent of the vote and a margin of roughly 2,600 votes more than Bell. He topped the NDP’s Pat Zanon by 1,600 votes in 2009.
“Throughout the remaining months of my term of office, I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents,” said Hayer. “I will also continue to hold my monthly Coffee with Dave community meetings, continue to work long and hard for Surrey-Tynehead residents, and represent my riding in Victoria.”