Christy Clark to step down as BC Liberal leader

Kristopher Drake
August 9, 2017

In a statement issued Friday, Christy Clark said she'd informed her colleagues of her intention to resign effective August 4.

Clark is stepping down both as party leader and MLA for Kelowna West effective next Friday, Aug. 4. Clark stepped down as premier after her government lost the confidence vote.

Asked why Clark would decide to step down before the NDP-Green coalition government has had chance to prove itself, Coleman replied that it is her decision and the party respects it.

Clark had said she would stay on as opposition leader.

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.

"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.

"When she came back to run, she really saved our party, saved our organization and put us on a very good footing and I think she can walk out with head high that she accomplished more than anybody thought she could". "We're going to focus on what's important for B.C. - jobs, the economy, sending the right message internationally, tracking investment for the people of British Columbia, the people we care about, that's our children, grandchildren, families and communities". The Liberals lost after 16 years in power.

"She was struggling with what she wanted to do".

Clark's announcement came almost a month after a confidence vote on June 29 toppled the narrowly-elected Liberals. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

Instead, she finally did the principled thing and resigned. Weaver struck a deal with new Premier John Horgan and the BC NDP to form a minority government in late May.

She also called her government's protection of the Great Bear Rainforest "British Columbia's gift to the world".

"A highlight of my time in the Legislature was working directly with Christy Clark to implement sexualized violence policy legislation for BC's post-secondary institutions".

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. "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".

While the leadership campaign and convention details get sorted out by the party executive, the BC Liberals are staying on task with their opposition duties, Shypitka said.

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