Liberal's interim leader cut up at Clark's sudden departure

Christy Clark speaks after meeting with the lieutenant-governor on June 29

CHRISTY Clark announced on Friday that she will step down as BC Liberal Party leader on August 4.

Clark sent out a statement Friday morning to supporters that said she was honored to serve as leader and premier and that she's proud of everything she accomplished.

"As an MLA and as Premier, Ms. Clark fought passionately for what she believed in". After her government's ousting, Clark tried unsuccessfully to dissolve the legislature, which would have triggered a new election.

"As I have seen firsthand over the years, she has been fierce, tireless, and immensely generous in building one of the strongest provincial political parties in the country - and deserves our lasting appreciation and gratitude". "She has been the premier who took British Columbia and put it on the world map". "We're going to focus on what's important for B.C. - jobs, the economy, sending the right message internationally, tracking investment for the people of British Columbia, the people we care about, that's our children, grandchildren, families and communities". 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. 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. He is the first of the party's MLAs to announce that he may go for the leadership now that the job is open.

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


In addition to resigning her party leadership, Clark also gave up her seat in Kelowna-West. 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.

Letnick acknowledged Clark had her detractors as is normal within a partisan political system, but hoped those of all political stripes would be able to say thank you to someone who devoted "a good part of her life and time away from her son", to improve the lives of British Columbians.

A visibly emotional Coleman addressed the media in Penticton, following a Liberal caucus meeting, offering praise for Clark, and saying the party is determined to renew and move forward. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

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

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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