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Penticton MLA responds to Clark resignation

09 August 2017

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.

She took responsibility for not delivering a majority - the sole job of the party leader during an election campaign - particularly when the Liberals were loaded with cash, were leading in the polls and boasted the best provincial economy in the country.

She says she informed her caucus colleagues about her decision to leave as leader effective August 4.

Coleman praised Clark's record as premier and said she "saved the party" during a challenging 2013 election. After her government's ousting, Clark tried unsuccessfully to dissolve the legislature, which would have triggered a new election.

"She's a very good leader", said Ashton.

"I know she will take that passion and energy to her next opportunity".

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Her resignation follows her resignation as the province's 35 premier at the end of June, which brought an end to 16 years of Liberal rule in B.C. when NDP leader John Horgan was sworn-in as premier. Her final accomplishment, however, was the courage to step down, certainly not when or how she wanted to but when it was the responsible thing to do. The NDP- Green alliance had a slim 44-43 vote edge over the Liberals that will widen to 44-42 until Clark is replaced. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

The MLA for Langley East since 1996 who hails originally from Penticton, Coleman said he will not challenge for the party's leadership. The precarious NDP government and likely new election looming will probably entice a number of strong candidates to throw their hats into the ring, he said. Instead, Guichon opted to ask Horgan to attempt to form a minority government propped up by the three-MLA Green caucus.

She calls the province's protection of the Great Bear Rainforest "British Columbia's gift to the world". Weaver cited his experience teaming up with Clark to introduce sexualized violence policy legislation for post-secondary schools.

Coleman said he appreciated Clark stepping down, so the party could move more seamlessly to finding a new leader without bitterness from Clark. "I wish Christy Clark well in her future pursuits and look forward to developing a productive relationship with the next Leader of the BC Liberal Party".

BC Liberals president Sharon White issued a statement following the announcement saying that Clark is considered a "truly transformational premier who leaves British Columbia better, stronger, and with greater potential than ever".

Penticton MLA responds to Clark resignation