Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberals, MLA

Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberals, MLA

MLA Dan Ashton said it was a hard morning as former Premier Christy Clark announced she was not only stepping down as leader of the B.C. Liberals but resigning her seat as well.

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. Clark stepped down as premier after her government lost the confidence vote.

Clark's Liberals were dealt a crippling blow in the May 9 provincial election, when they failed to secure a majority government.

"Today we thank Christy Clark for her service to British Columbia".

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.

"I think there are far more qualified people both within, and outside of caucus that have had leadership aspirations for some time", he said. "I wish her and her family the very best". "I am so proud of everything our B.C. Liberal team has accomplished. 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".

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

"I've never worked with anybody with more passion and love, and strength of leadership in my entire life", he said.

Clark's announcement came almost a month after a confidence vote on June 29 toppled the narrowly-elected Liberals.

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"There was such an up-and-down momentum going there", Shypitka said, referencing the uncertainty from the election results to the NDP/Green agreement and the non-confidence vote.

Instead, she finally did the principled thing and resigned.

Leaving politics will also likely give her more time with her son.

He said the new government should revise MLA pension plans introduced 10 years ago by the BC Liberals.

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

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.

"Without a doubt she has made history for British Columbia", said Larson. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together. "You don't have to look very far to see what she has done for this province".

Coleman said he appreciated Clark stepping down, so the party could move more seamlessly to finding a new leader without bitterness from Clark.

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".

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