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Penticton MLA responds to Clark resignation

09 August 2017

Christy Clark is resigning as leader of the BC Liberal Party, just weeks after her government was defeated by a united effort from the provincial New Democrats and Green Party.

Clark, who did not talk to the media, said she will step down on August 4th, leaving both her position as leader of the province's Liberal Party, and her position representing the constituents of Kelowna West, in the provincial legislature.

In a second statement, this time to supporters, Clark said she was excited to see renewed engagement that she believes will strengthen the party.

"A by-election must be called within 6 months of a vacancy in the legislative assembly", said Watson.

"I knew she was struggling with what she wanted to do", Coleman said.

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She was sworn in March 2011 and became premier without a seat in the legislature until she took Campbell's Point Grey seat.

"When she came back to run, she really saved our party, saved our organization and put us on a very good footing and I think she can walk out with head high that she accomplished more than anybody thought she could".

"I am certain that British Columbia's best days lie ahead. I wish she had hung on, but I understand why she thinks it's better for the party to have fresh leadership".

"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.

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

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

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.

"She has been a fierce advocate for British Columbia, here at home and around the world", he said in the statement. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

Former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who retired before the May election, tweeted out his support for Clark's decision.

"Although she got slightly more votes than the NDP, [the Liberals] faltered as a government and she takes the blame for the situation that they find themselves in", he said. "You look at her record, top in economic growth in the country, leading job numbers, a Triple A credit rating coming out of the recession, and giving us the flexibility to invest in key programs in our area".

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Penticton MLA responds to Clark resignation