PM thanks Campbell for devoted service

Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is the latest to react to Gordon Campbell's sudden decision to step down as premier of B.C.

Campbell made the announcement Wednesday morning during a hastily called news conference in Vancouver.

From his office in Ottawa, Harper issued the following statement:

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Premier Gordon Campbell for his devoted service to British Columbians, and indeed his service to all Canadians. Through his considerable efforts, Premier Campbell has returned British Columbia to prosperity and has re-affirmed his province's rightful place in the heart of our Canadian Confederation.

"In particular, I would like to thank Premier Campbell for his steadfast support during the current global economic downturn and for his government's tremendous cooperation in implementing Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"On a more personal note, I would like to once again thank Premier Campbell for his tireless efforts in promoting British Columbia and Canada during the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada and her athletes had no better champion, or more ardent supporter than Gordon Campbell. My enduring memory of Gordon will be with his arms raised cheering our athletes, his hands covered with those famous Canada mittens while passionately waving the Canadian flag.

"I wish Premier Campbell every success as he leaves public life. I am sure he will continue to sing British Columbia's and Canada's praises wherever he next goes."

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