Christy Clark resigns in British Columbia

Christy Clark speaks after meeting with the lieutenant-governor on June 29

Christy Clark speaks after meeting with the lieutenant-governor on June 29

Former Premier Christy Clark is stepping down as leader of the B.C. Liberal party.

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson says she was surprised, but not completely, by the announcement Friday that Christy Clark is stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader.

Clark decision to resign as party leader comes after the Liberals narrowly won the provincial election but lost a non-confidence vote in the Legislature which led to the NDP forming power. However, the party lost a non-confidence vote in June after the BC New Democrats and the Green Party made a pact to topple the Liberals and to support each other in confidence and supply votes.

Clark was born to a politically active family and took an early interest in it, helping with her father's unsuccessful campaigns as a child and later getting involved in student politics at university.

"Although we respect her decision, we are deeply disappointed". After her government's ousting, Clark tried unsuccessfully to dissolve the legislature, which would have triggered a new election.

"She had a very strong record of accomplishment and has a lot to be proud of", said Chris Gardner, who is the president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. It may have taken her a while to get there but she did the right thing in the end.

All calls to the Kelowna-West constituency association of the B.C. Liberals were directed to the B.C. Liberal communications department who were unable to explain how the association would proceed with nominations for the vacant seat.

"I'm certain that British Columbia's best days, and our parties, are still ahead of us", added Clark. 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. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

After 16 years in government, the Liberals were re-elected in May with a minority government.

Leaving politics will also likely give her more time with her son.

He said Elections BC is already putting the gears in motion.

She also called her government's protection of the Great Bear Rainforest "British Columbia's gift to the world". This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

A visibly emotional Coleman addressed the media in Penticton, following a Liberal caucus meeting, offering praise for Clark, and saying the party is determined to renew and move forward.

The Liberal Party has not determined when a leadership race will be held. "You look at her record, top in economic growth in the country, leading job numbers, a Triple A credit rating coming out of the recession, and giving us the flexibility to invest in key programs in our area".

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