One month after a confidence vote ended the BC Liberals 16-year reign of the province, its leader has announced she'll be stepping down.
Clark's resignation as leader, and MLA for Kelowna West is effective August 4, and comes after the Liberals were knocked down to opposition status, after losing a confidence vote to an NDP-Green Party coalition.
Clark led her party to a 43-seat win in the 87-seat legislature in the May election, but the government lost a confidence vote after the New Democrats and Greens formed an agreement to govern.
Ben Stewart was re-elected to the riding in 2013 but gave up his seat to premier Clark later that year after she lost her home riding of Vancouver-Point Grey.
"Today we thank Christy Clark for her service to British Columbia".
Premier John Horgan will have six months to call by-election to fill her vacant seat in the legislature.
"I think she'd become a very polarizing figure and I think there's a sense that perhaps the campaign was out of touch with where people were back in May".
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"I know she will take that passion and energy to her next opportunity".
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. "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". 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.
The MLA for Langley East since 1996 who hails originally from Penticton, Coleman said he will not challenge for the party's leadership. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. During that time, she brought in a number of changes, including tearing up key provisions in teachers' contracts regarding class size and composition.
He said Elections BC is already putting the gears in motion. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.
BC Liberals president Sharon White issued a statement following the announcement saying that Clark is considered a "truly transformational premier who leaves British Columbia better, stronger, and with greater potential than ever".
Shypitka highlighted her legacy as being the first elected and re-elected female premier, and credited Clark for "almost single-handedly" winning the 2013 election, where pollsters had the NDP winning a majority.