Former BC premier Christy Clark says she intends to resign

Trevor Jackson
Августа 9, 2017

Kelowna-West MLA Christy Clark announced today, July 28 that she would resign as both MLA and Liberal Party Leader early next month.

She took responsibility for not delivering a majority - the sole job of the party leader during an election campaign - particularly when the Liberals were loaded with cash, were leading in the polls and boasted the best provincial economy in the country. However, Clark led the party to victory but she lost her seat in Vancouver-Point Grey to Eby.

"Rich and the B.C. Liberal caucus will get to work preparing for the recall of the legislature and will shortly provide details of critic appointments", the statement said. The NDP- Green alliance had a slim 44-43 vote edge over the Liberals that will widen to 44-42 until Clark is replaced.

"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. "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". "I understand from those who were in caucus that when she took over as leader, she actually healed, forgave and pulled everyone together".

"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".

Coleman said he believed it was hard on Clark to take a minority government and lose it within a couple of months, which may have influenced her decision.

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

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. "I wish her all the best in her future endeavours".

"Me, as an individual, I will value her friendship for the rest of my life". "We really didn't know what was going on from day-to-day and I think her first instinct kicked in and she wanted to protect the party".

Telford said he doesn't expect the NDP government to call a by-election in her Kelowna West riding - a BC Liberal stronghold - very quickly. Although she won the most seats in the legislature in the May election, she didn't have a majority of seats.

The truest signs of leadership, whether it's politics, business or sports, is putting others first, by crediting everyone else for the wins and taking sole responsibility for the loses.

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