Christy Clark resigns as Liberal Party leader

Posted August 09, 2017

Local MLAs are already insisting they won't replace Christy Clark as B.C. Liberal leader.

"Today, I informed my caucus colleagues of my intention to resign as leader of the BC Liberal Party effective Friday, August 4", Clark said in a written statement.

Former deputy premier and acting party leader Rich Coleman told reporters he was "emotional" from Clark's announcement outside the Penticton Lakeside Resort where the BC Liberals were holding a caucus meeting Friday. 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. After her government's ousting, Clark tried unsuccessfully to dissolve the legislature, which would have triggered a new election. I know she will take that passion and energy to her next opportunity.

"B.C. owes her a debt of gratitude for the leadership she's provided". "I am going to be looking for the person that can best lead British Columbia forward and continue to provide the conservative fiscal approach with a strong social conscience". 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.

"I thought that she would stick around, see if the NDP can pass a couple of budgets", the University of the Fraser Valley professor said.

As for who may take over as leader of the party, Moscrop noted Sam Sullivan and Andrew Wilkinson could be vying for the job but there is a chance a federal conservative could throw their hat into the ring. 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. At some point in your life it's time to move on and she has.

Clark will also be resigning as MLA of Kelowna West.

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

She calls the province's protection of the Great Bear Rainforest "British Columbia's gift to the world".

Liberal caucus members praised Ms. Clark on Friday, but the party will now face the necessity of picking a new leader to face the BC NDP government.

In a statement, BC Liberal Party President Sharon White called Clark "fierce, tireless and immensely generous in building one of the strongest political parties in the country". This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

Next week, we'll look into Clark's legacy, and what the future may hold for the Pacific province.

The Liberal Party has not determined when a leadership race will be held.