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Campbell plans to stay on as B.C. premier, if voters will have him

VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell says he isn’t planning on quitting politics after the Olympics.

Instead, the B.C. premier says he’s setting his sites on seeking a fourth consecutive term in 2013, if voters will have him.

In
a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Campbell says he’s only
halfway through his promised Golden Decade and retirement is not on
his mind.

Campbell acknowledges his popularity dropped last year
with the government’s plans to introduce a harmonized sales tax, but
he’s willing to pay the political price because governments often have
to make decisions that are not popular, but necessary.

Opposition New Democrat Leader Carole James says her party will continue to fight to force the government to drop the HST.

She
says she also plans to put a new face on her leadership by showing
British Columbians she has a political vision of her own and can do
more than criticize the Liberals.

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