The BC Cancer Foundation's former president and chief executive officer says Premier Gordon Campbell has approached her about running for the provincial Liberals in the next election. In an exclusive interview with Public Eye, Mary McNeil said Premier Campbell made the approach shortly after she lost her bid to become the federal Conservative candidate in Vancouver-Quadra.
Commenting on the possibility of seeking provincial electd office, Ms. McNeil said, "That's a big step - especially for someone who doesn't consider themselves a politician. I've been CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation for eight years. I've stepped down from there. But I feel I have ten really good years left to put my teeth into something. And I decided to take Christmas to really think about what I wanted to do. But I would not be truthful if I didn't say I'm not considering it."
Ms. McNeil, who presently lives in Vancouver-Burrard, said the premier didn't suggest she run in any specific riding. Although some have suggested Ms. McNeil would make a good replacement for Vancouver-Langara legislator Carole Taylor, who announced her decision to leave provincial politics last year.