Penticton MLA responds to Clark resignation

Randolph Lopez
Августа 9, 2017

Langley East MLA Rich Coleman has been named the interim leader of B.C.'s official opposition following Friday's announcement by Christy Clark that she will step down as leader of the BC Liberal Party.

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.

"I want to thank Christy Clark for her years of service to British Columbians, both as an MLA and as Leader of the BC Liberals". This follows an election that granted her a minority government, but was stripped away by a non-confidence vote in the Legislature in June.

When asked, Coleman said Clark had the support of caucus and it was her decision alone to resign. After her government's ousting, Clark tried unsuccessfully to dissolve the legislature, which would have triggered a new election.

"I was very emotional and surprised, absolutely, because I love her as a leader. She's been the greatest person that I've worked for".

All calls to the Kelowna-West constituency association of the B.C. Liberals were directed to the B.C. Liberal communications department who were unable to explain how the association would proceed with nominations for the vacant seat. "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".

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Clark had said she was ready to serve as the leader of the opposition, after the NDP and Green Party announced their plans to topple her government.

"She was struggling with what she wanted 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. During that time, she brought in a number of changes, including tearing up key provisions in teachers' contracts regarding class size and composition.

"I am certain that British Columbia's best days lie ahead", she said. Weaver cited his experience teaming up with Clark to introduce sexualized violence policy legislation for post-secondary schools.

"I know you will agree with me that Christy Clark will be recognized as a truly transformational premier who leaves British Columbia better, stronger, and with greater potential than ever before".

Shypitka highlighted her legacy as being the first elected and re-elected female premier, and credited Clark for "almost single-handedly" winning the 2013 election, where pollsters had the NDP winning a majority.

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

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