New Democrat warhorse Gerry Scott is putting himself out to pasture. In an interview with Public Eye, the provincial secretary confirmed he would be resigning his post in Decmeber. "I have the view that about three or four years is the right length of time. There's no rule in these things. But I feel that it's just the right time to move on. I feel good about what we did. The election's over. The convention will be over. So it's a good time for a change. We'll get a new face here with some new ideas in a different period."
When asked what he'd be doing with his time, Mr. Scott said "I'll certainly help out with the federal campaign which will be cranking up after Christmas or maybe even before." And is there any recreational activities he wants to pursue? "Oh, yeah. I like recreating. Yeah," the provincial secretary deadpanned.
Mr. Scott, who was once married to former interim New Democrat leader Joy MacPhail, was appointed secretary in April, 2003. He occupied the same post from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Scott was also once the David Suzuki Foundation's climate change program director, former premier Dave Barrett's constituency assistant and a campaign manager for Mike Harcourt, when he was running to become mayor of Vancouver. Mr. Scott's retirement was quietly announced at last month's provincial council and provincial executive meetings.