Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberal Party

Christy Clark speaks after meeting with the lieutenant-governor on June 29

Christy Clark speaks after meeting with the lieutenant-governor on June 29

Following Christy Clark's resignation as leader of the BC Liberals and as MLA of her Kelowna-West riding, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is warning British Columbians about the cost of Clark's departure.

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson says she was surprised, but not completely, by the announcement Friday that Christy Clark is stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader.

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

The statement says that Coleman and the BC Liberal Caucus will get straight to work preparing for the recall of the Legislature and will also provide details of critic appointments.

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She also called her government's protection of the Great Bear Rainforest "British Columbia's gift to the world". "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". "She's a leader and she's a person who likes to take charge and I think that was her immediate reaction".

"She created a team", said Larson.

The Liberal Party has not determined when a leadership race will be held.

The MLA for Langley East since 1996 who hails originally from Penticton, Coleman said he will not challenge for the party's leadership.

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"I think she just thought, 'I want to give these guys a chance to renew, '" he said. That prompted a long legal battle that ended when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of teachers, which prompted a huge make-up effort to hire more staff and restore previous working conditions that is still underway. After Gordon Campbell announced his exit in 2010, it took about four months for the leadership convention that saw Ms. Clark become leader. She launched a high-profile campaign as an outsider running against cabinet ministers George Abbott, Kevin Falcon and Mike de Jong. She then ran in the by-election in Kelowna West (formerly Westside-Kelowna) to re-enter the Legislative Assembly.

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

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The truest signs of leadership, whether it's politics, business or sports, is putting others first, by crediting everyone else for the wins and taking sole responsibility for the loses.

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