It’s official: the BC Liberal government has cancelled the fall 2016 session of the BC Legislature. The 20-day sitting was scheduled to begin Monday and run four days a week through November 24, except during recesses in the second week of each month. Government House Leader and Finance Minister Mike de Jong notified the Clerk’s Office Monday of the cancellation. The governing party also cancelled the 2012 fall session, as it ramped-up its re-election campaign for the following spring. De Jong’s office did not respond to a BIV request for comment. The next scheduled general election is May 9, 2017. The Legislature’s spring session closed May 19, but politicians returned for four days in late July to pass a new 15 per cent tax on foreign real estate purchases and to repeal the real estate industry’s self-regulation. The Legislature will have to reconvene in early 2017 to introduce the next provincial budget. In a spring 2012 interview, Premier Christy Clark told the National Post that she does not enjoy being in the provincial capital. “I try never to go over there. Because it’s sick. It’s a sick culture. All they can think about is government and there are no real people in Victoria, and you get captured by this inside-the-beltway debate, and it’s really unhealthy.” Although she is the MLA for Westside-Kelowna, Clark resides in Vancouver close to her son’s school, St. Georges. Under Clark’s predecessor, Gordon Campbell, the BC Liberals held fall sessions in 2004 and 2008, the years preceding spring elections. Even the NDP in 2000 returned for dates in the fall, before Campbell led the Liberals to their 2001 landslide victory. In the meantime, a cabinet shuffle is expected. Health Minister Terry Lake will not run for re-election in 2017 and Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell has not announced her plans. Stilwell has been dogged by controversy since the BC Liberals ended a subsidised transit pass programme for people with disabilities.