Gordon Campbell, in his own words

“I’ve always felt the support of the caucus ... When people are focusing on one person as opposed to what’s best for the province, it’s better to step aside.”

Highlights of Campbell’s media address on Thursday:

On whether caucus wanted him out:

“I’ve always felt the support of the caucus ... When people are focusing on one person as opposed to what’s best for the province, it’s better to step aside.”

On public opinion:

“Any party that tries to proceed on the basis of expedience or what’s popular (is) not actually standing for what’s ... in the best interest of the province.”

On whether the new leader should set an election:

“We have set election dates in B.C. (and) I’d be surprised if a new leader changed that.”

On what he would have done differently:

“People felt we had (the HST) on our agenda before the election ... and that’s not the case. We should have done a better job at explaining. I’ve apologized to people for that because I think that is my responsibility.”