Friday, July 28, 2017

Christy Clark steps down as leader of BC Liberals

Former Premier Christy Clark in Lax Kw'alaams in Janaury.
Ms. Clark announced her resignation as leader of the
BC Liberal party and as MLA this morning

Whenever the NDP government calls the Legislature to its return, there will be one long time fixture from the recent BC political scene missing from the Chamber.

Friday morning, BC Liberal leader Christy Clark announced her intention to step down as leader of the party and her plans to leave politics.

Ms. Clark who served as British Columbia's 35th Premier from 2011-2017 delivered a short statement that expressed her pride in what the BC Liberals had accomplished and confidence for the future of the province.

Her resignation, which follows the agreement between the NDP and Greens which propelled Mr. Horgan to power, will take effect on Friday, August 4th.

The BC Liberal Facebook page shared the text of Ms. Clark's resignation in a posting.

With the Liberals now soon to be focused on the selection of a new leader, the announcement of Ms. Clark's departure from the political stage will now seemingly provide Premier John Horgan's government with some additional breathing room to settle into their political agenda.

Political pundits will now be reviewing the last few weeks for clues as to whether Ms. Clark has chosen to exit the stage of her own accord, or if the wheels were put in motion by party officials to suggest that her time as leader was at an end.

The Party executive will now meet within 28 days to set the rules for the leadership election process. Rich Coleman, the former Deputy Premier and LNG Minister will take over the leadership on an interim basis as the BC Liberals move forward with their work ahead.

The summer months and the fall will now offer up the manoeuvring of potential leadership candidates for the BC Liberals, both from within the current legislature line up and outside of the seat of the Provincial government.

The seismic waves of the shift in the political landscape in BC have already produced a range of news items and commentaries, with much more yet to come through the weekend.

We will archive those notes below:

July 31

Christy Clark One-on-One
For Christy Clark, it was a great party while it lasted
Clark wanted to quit sooner, but didn't want to leave a mess
"I feel like I get to be me again': former B.C. Premier Christy Clark
'I am done with public life," says Christy Clark
Liberal leader Christy Clark is 'done with public life'
Christy Clark 'done with public life' after resigning as Liberal leader
Who can blame Christy Clark for wanting a clean break?
What Drove Christy Clark Live her "Public Life?"
Class and politics: Christy Clark's ideological contortions made life tougher for the NDP
I thought Christy Clark had potential, but my gut feeling was right
'I am done with pubic life,' says Christy Clark in first public statement since resignation announcement
Former B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her political career is over
B.C. Liberals need to move fast to replace Christy Clark, experts say
'A leader needs to know when it's time to go' Clark on her resignation
Christy Clark says she's 'done with public life' after resignation
Nothing worse than when a politician thinks they're irreplaceable: Christy Clark
Clark addresses media after announcing sudden resignation
Christy Clark quitting starts civil war inside B.C. Liberal party

July 30 

High-profile figures mull bids to replace Clark as BC Liberal leader

July 29

The dimmed political legacy of Christy Clark
Tears in public, relief in private, as Christy Clark resigns
Weekend poll: What should be Christy Clark's next move?
Former television reporter Jas Johal considers running for BC Liberal leadership
Christy Clark, a campaigner to the core, bows out
Penticton MLA responds to Clark resignation
Christy Clark, a polarizing premier, leaves the political arena with an uncertain legacy
Career highlights for Christy Clark

July 28 

What political bravery looks like
In time, Clark's legacy will be appreciated
Short of any more miracles, Christy Clark throws in the towel
Clark's exit will tempt NDP to call an election
Clark's resignation opens door to big field of leadership hopefuls
Christy Clark through the years
Christy Clark resigns as leader of B.C. Liberal party, Rich Coleman to serve as interim
Who will be the next leader of the BC Liberals?
Christy Clark to walk-away with hefty pension: Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Christy Clark: a career timeline of B.C.'s 35th premier
Clark stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader, MLA: Coleman interim leader
A campaigner to the core bows out
Coleman praises Clark, will be interim leader but wont' seek job
Why B.C. Liberals might lean on Michael lee to be their next leader after Christy Clark
BC Liberal leadership possibilities to consider after Clark
Christy Clark undoing comes down to three tactical miscalculations
BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark resigns following defeat to NDP
Christy Clark thanks B.C. Liberal party members after announcing looming resignation
Weaver thanks Clark for service to B.C.
Christy Clark to step down as BC Liberal leader
Christy Clark resigns as Leader of the BC Liberal party
B.C. Liberal party to soon work on Leadership process
Christy Clark resigns as B.C. Liberal leader
Parties react to Clark's resignation
Christy Clark resigning as Liberal leader
Christy Clark resigns as leader of BC Liberal Party
Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberal Party next week
Christy Clark announces she will quit as B.C. Liberal leader
Christy Clark to resign as B.C. Liberal leader
Former BC premier Christy Clark says she intends to resign
Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberals, MLA
Christy Clark resigns as leader of Liberal party

More notes related to the North Coast in the Legislature can be found here.

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