Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Politicos on the move: Christy Clark resigns as leader of BC Liberals

Politicos on the move: Christy Clark resigns as leader of BC Liberals

Former Premier Christy Clark, pictured here on a visit to Oliver with MLA Linda Larson, announced Friday that she is stepping down as the B.C. Liberal Leader effective August 4. Clark stepped down as premier after her government lost the confidence vote.

Mackin reported that at a similar meeting in Surrey, Peter Fassbender heaped all the blame on Clark, calling her - not the party - the problem.

Clark had said she would stay on as opposition leader. Judith Guichon she tried to convince Guichon to call an election. She launched her leadership bid with a "family-first agenda" and was elected leader on the third ballot with 52 per cent of the vote over former Health Minister Kevin Falcon's 48 per cent. "She's been the greatest person that I've worked for".

She was a research staff member for the B.C. Liberal caucus in the early 1990s and then won election as an MLA in 1996.

"I'm certain that British Columbia's best days, and our parties, are still ahead of us", added Clark.

"She was struggling with what she wanted to do". He is the first of the party's MLAs to announce that he may go for the leadership now that the job is open.

Christy Clark resigns as Liberal Party leader

Meanwhile, the vacant seat for the B.C. Liberals means the ruling NDP-Greens are no longer in danger of a non-confidence vote in the B.C. Legislature. 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.

He said the almost 50 per cent cut in salary from about $200,000 as premier to $100,000 as MLA was also likjely a factor in her choice to resign. At some point in your life it's time to move on and she has. The precarious NDP government and likely new election looming will probably entice a number of strong candidates to throw their hats into the ring, he said.

"Without a doubt she has made history for British Columbia", said Larson. Instead, the lieutenant-governor asked New Democrat Leader John Horgan to form government.

"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".

Rich Coleman talks about his time serving with Christy Clark who announced she was resigning as Liberal Party leader Friday. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together. "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".

Of those who had said they would prefer to see Clark replaced, 53 per cent of them had actually voted for the Liberals in May's election.

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