Newly elected MLA Doug Bing will do double duty as a Pitt Meadows councillor to avoid triggering a by-election.
Bing, who represents the riding of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, plans to stay on council until January, at which time he will step aside as a councillor.
Discussing the issue with members of the public, Bing said there was an overwhelming feeling that a by-election wasnt necessary.
Originally Bing asked Pitt Meadows council to grant him a leave of absence until January, at which time he would have stepped aside to avoid triggering a by-election.
But council didnt grant him the leave of absence, leaving the decision to him whether to step aside and trigger teh by-election or do double duty.
[The leave] would have simplified the situation, Bing said.
Bing said hes spoken with the mayor of Pitt Meadows, Deb Walters, and she was pleased with his decision.
Bing hopes that some of his committee duties can be given to other councillors.
Bing is not collecting a salary for his Pitt Meadows council position as well to avoid double dipping from taxpayers, he said.
Bing made his inaugural speech as an MLA last week in the legislature, which is sitting this month to pass the budget.
The BC Liberals won the May 14 election despite widespread predictions that the NDP were poised to form government.
There is a sense of disappointment coming from the opposition benches, Bing said, and the tone has been somewhat snarly.
I get the sense the opposite side is licking their wounds from the election, Bing said.
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