Christy Clark Resigns as Leader of the BC Liberal Party

Katrina Barker
August 9, 2017

In an email to B.C. Liberal Party supporters, Clark said she made the decision to resign this morning.

Clark announced on Friday morning that she would resign as leader of the BC Liberal party, effective August 4. This follows an election that granted her a minority government, but was stripped away by a non-confidence vote in the Legislature in June.

Ashton said Clark's decision to resign was a personal one but also driven by larger ideals.

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's a leader and she's a person who likes to take charge and I think that was her immediate reaction". "She has been the premier who took British Columbia and put it on the world map".

"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. "While we represented two different parties, we are united in our belief that our job is to work every day to build a better province".

Clark had said she was ready to serve as the leader of the opposition, after the NDP and Green Party announced their plans to topple her government. 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 and Greens formed an alliance that gave them a majority of just one seat, leading to Clark's defeat in the legislature and the appointment of NDP leader John Horgan as premier.

Clark's announcement came almost a month after a confidence vote on June 29 toppled the narrowly-elected Liberals. "You're going to see a remarkable opposition", he said. At some point in your life it's time to move on and she has. She will also be stepping down as MLA for Kelowna-West.

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

"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. Weaver cited his experience teaming up with Clark to introduce sexualized violence policy legislation for post-secondary schools.

"When you look at voting here and internationally, people want something new", he said.

"The entire caucus has great respect for Christy Clark".

Former B.C. Liberal MLA Bill Bennett described Clark's resignation as a loss for both the party and the province, strongly dismissing any suggestion the party forced her out.

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