Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberals, MLA

Christy Clark resigns as Liberal Party leader

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

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.

Former deputy premier and acting party leader Rich Coleman told reporters he was "emotional" from Clark's announcement outside the Penticton Lakeside Resort where the BC Liberals were holding a caucus meeting Friday.

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. However, the party lost a non-confidence vote in June after the BC New Democrats and the Green Party made a pact to topple the Liberals and to support each other in confidence and supply votes.

"I am certain that British Columbia's, and our party's, best days are still ahead of us", the statement said, noting that a leadership race is on its way. Weaver struck a deal with new Premier John Horgan and the BC NDP to form a minority government in late May.

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.

Clark had said she would say on as opposition leader.

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"A highlight of my time in the Legislature was working directly with Christy Clark to implement sexualized violence policy legislation for BC's post-secondary institutions".

I love our party and our province with all my heart - and it's been the honour of a lifetime to serve as leader and premier. "I wish her all the best in her future endeavours". This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

"She's got so much class that she's decided she's going to do this for us, give us an opportunity to go through a leadership situation without acrimony or issues", he said.

"The premier leaves with her head held high", said Kyllo, adding that the province has created a strong economy.

"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".

Coleman said he appreciated Clark stepping down, so the party could move more seamlessly to finding a new leader without bitterness from Clark.

He said he is thinking about whether he has the time and energy to completely commit himself to leading the BC Liberals, who have had two leaders - Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark - since they began their 16-year run in government that recently ended.

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