Harris Adjusts to Life Away From the Campaign Trail
Prince George, B.C. – You can excuse Dick Harris for feeling a tad out of sorts these days.
You see after seven straight election victories and more than 20 years as an MP, he’s finally standing on the sidelines during an election campaign.
“Yes, I have to admit it’s kind of strange to be sitting back and watching this time around,” says Harris. “And of course when you hear things that are going on so far in the country and issues that are being raised, you just have this oh, I know what to say or how to respond to that feeling. But I don’t because I’m not a part of it anymore.”
He admits it will likely take him a while to get those feelings out of his system.
“On the one hand I’m very happily approaching my retirement and on the other hand I suppose once a politician you always will be watching the news everyday, seeing what’s happening,” says Harris. “I hope that doesn’t last too long with me but it likely will be around for a while.”
So what does the future hold for Harris?
“As you know about 13 years ago we bought a place in Osoyoos, we knew (Harris and his wife) that it was going to be our retirement place and for the last couple of years we’ve been using it as a place to go and relax when we weren’t in Ottawa and not in Prince George.”
And after working for 55 years he’s looking forward to spending more time with family.
“Of course when you get to my age, a legitimate senior, what becomes very important to you is your family, and in particular your grandkids and I’ve got a bunch of those and I’m going to be enjoying them more than ever before.”