In a news conference, Finance Minister Gary Collins provided two reasons why he was resigning his cabinet and legislative seats to become chief executive officer of Harmony Airways. Number one: "it's an important time to be close to my family" because his wife Wendy Cox is expecting their second child. And number two: "flying has always been a passion of mine."
Minister Collins denied his resignation had anything to do with the legislature raids saying, "If I thought it was necessary to step aside over that issue, I would have done so a year ago." Rumours are circulating further charges relating to those raids may be laid next week.
Minister Collins also said he made his decision to leave politics before the provincial Liberal's convention in early November. And he talked with the Premier Gordon Campbell about that decision shortly after. Minister Collins didn't rule out a return to politics but said it was "the furthest thing from my mind."