Christy Clark thanks BC Liberal party members after announcing looming resignation

Christy Clark thanks BC Liberal party members after announcing looming resignation

The political landscape in BC is seeing a major shift with Christy Clark stepping down as leader of the Liberals and leaving her role as MLA in Kelowna-West.

"Today, I informed my caucus colleagues of my intention to resign as leader of the BC Liberal Party effective Friday, August 4", Clark said in a written statement.

Clark will also resign as her seat as MLA for Kelowna-West.

"I think renewal for any party is good", said former MLA Terry Lake.

While he has served within the inner workings of cabinet for more than half of his eight plus years as an MLA, Letnick says he has no desire to seek the leadership of the party. All but one of them turned their backs on her when she launched her leadership bid.

"It's a tough day for our ..."

She accused the B.C. NDP of hacking into her party's website - and then said she was wrong and never had any proof.

"Given the results of the election and the mood. of British Columbia, and probably within the party and the caucus, she thought that her stepping aside would be the best thing for all the people involved", he said in an interview.

"I'm not happy about the decision", he said.

While the leadership campaign and convention details get sorted out by the party executive, the BC Liberals are staying on task with their opposition duties, Shypitka said.

Clark focused much of her campaigning around job creation, a message welcomed by some but scorned by others, who felt her government failed to address other social issues.

Her resignation was entirely her call, and her announcement said it was made Friday morning, meaning suddenly. The media called her classless and graceless.

The Liberals won a minority government in May with 43 seats to the NDP's 41 and the Green's three.

Political scientist Hamish Telford said he was surprised by the timing of Clark's resignation.

Clark has been in been public life, on and off, since 1996, Coleman said, noting a premier typically works 70-80 hours per week, "all the time".

Green party Leader Andrew Weaver issued a statement thanking Clark for her service, calling her a fierce advocate for the province both at home and overseas.

"The entire caucus has great respect for Christy Clark".

"Her leadership and willingness to work across party lines on this vital issue has made universities and colleges across this province safer for our students, and for this I am grateful". She didn't recall the legislature for another month and then she plagiarized most of the NDP platform for her throne speech.

"I am so proud of everything our Liberal team has accomplished", her statement reads.

Clark faced the prospect of sitting on the Opposition benches, but she had baggage from her time as education minister when she was at loggerheads with the B.C. Teachers' Federation.

In 2013, the B.C. Liberals were expected to lose with polls showing Clark was one of the least popular premiers in Canada.

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