Finance Minister Carole Taylor is, arguably, more charismatic and telegenic than Premier Gordon Campbell. So it's understandable that many members of British Columbia's chattering classes think Taylor would be an excellent replacement for premier, should he retire. But what happens if Minister Taylor isn't around when that happens? Asked yesterday whether she has committed to running for re-election, the former broadcast journalist appeared surprised and said, "I have not made any comment about whether I'll be running again." But have you considered not seeking re-election, we pressed? "We're only half-way through (our term in government). And, at this point, what I'm doing is really just concentrating on doing the best job I can." But that isn't exactly a no. "I just honestly haven't put my mind to it," she responded, adding that she would make a decision "when the premier asks us what we're considering to do for the future."
April 18, 2007