Christy Clark resigns as Liberal Party leader

Posted August 09, 2017

Following the vote, Clark met with the lieutenant-governor and suggested that Judith Guichon dissolve government.

Christy Clark has resigned as the leader of the B.C. Liberals.

In a statement, Clark said it was a privilege to serve as premier for six years.

"It was a shock, yes, but at the same time I would say not totally unexpected", said Larson, noting that in recent weeks the former B.C. premier has talked more about family and personal obligations.

"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". Because British Columbians can, through hard work, achieve anything they set their minds to - and the BC Liberal Party is the embodiment of that ambitious and generous spirit. Before Clark announced her resignation, the NDP-Green parties held a 44 to 43 seat lead, meaning every MLA would have to be in the legislature to avoid defeat of the government.

Horgan and his cabinet were sworn in last week.

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. She has held the seat since July 2013 but was in legislature twice previously.

White said the party executive will set a date and plan for a leadership race within the next 28 days.

"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.

Larson praises Clark's personal role in uniting the B.C. Liberal Caucus. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together. "She and the party have left a strong legacy". In that light, the expected move going forward would have been for her to torment Horgan and his new government mercilessly, forcing it to crumble and triggering another election either this fall or early next year, all for another chance to be premier. The changes were challenged by the B.C. Teacher's Federation and were later found to be unconstitutional.

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. She lost the nomination to Sam Sullivan, who was later elected as mayor.

Four years ago, voters rewarded her hustle and confidence. "She's a leader and she's a person who likes to take charge and I think that was her immediate reaction".

"As an MLA and as premier, Ms. Clark fought passionately for what she believed in", he said.

When asked, Coleman said Clark had the support of caucus and it was her decision alone to resign. She then ran in the by-election in Kelowna West (formerly Westside-Kelowna) to re-enter the Legislative Assembly.