Christy Clark Resigns as Leader of the BC Liberal Party

Geneva Matthews
August 9, 2017

The political landscape in BC is seeing a major shift with Christy Clark stepping down as leader of the Liberals and leaving her role as MLA in Kelowna-West.

Clark, who was unavailable to the media, said in the statement that she is proud of everything she has accomplished, including working to make B.C. the leader in Canada's economy and creating more than 200,000 jobs.

"Today, I informed my caucus colleagues of my intention to resign as leader of the BC Liberal Party effective Friday, August 4". Clark stepped down as premier after her government lost the confidence vote. "She was putting the party and the province ahead of herself".

Elections B.C. spokesperson Andrew Watson says the riding's fourth election since 2013 must be called within six months of a vacancy in the assembly. I know she will take that passion and energy to her next opportunity.

"It was a shock, yes, but at the same time I would say not totally unexpected", said Larson, noting that in recent weeks the former B.C. premier has talked more about family and personal obligations. Her final accomplishment, however, was the courage to step down, certainly not when or how she wanted to but when it was the responsible thing to do. The NDP with 41 seats and the Greens with three were able to forge an alliance that led to the NDP forming government, ending the Liberals' 16-year reign. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

Clark will also be resigning as MLA of Kelowna West.

The B.C. Liberal Party also has 28 days to call a meeting of the party executive to decide on a date for a leadership vote, as set out in the party constitution. At some point in your life it's time to move on and she has. Instead, the lieutenant-governor asked New Democrat Leader John Horgan to form government.

"Together, we have achieved so much - winning a comeback election victory that nearly nobody thought possible, positioning British Columbia firmly as Canada's leading economy, and laying a strong foundation for future generations to achieve their dreams here", she said. "I wish her all the best in her future endeavours", he said in a release. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

Shypitka highlighted her legacy as being the first elected and re-elected female premier, and credited Clark for "almost single-handedly" winning the 2013 election, where pollsters had the NDP winning a majority.

BC Liberals president Sharon White issued a statement following the announcement saying that Clark is considered a "truly transformational premier who leaves British Columbia better, stronger, and with greater potential than ever".

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