Christy Clark to resign as leader of BC Liberal Party

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The BC Liberal Party has announced that the interim leader of the caucus will be Rich Coleman, MLA for Langley East.

"I'm excited to see the renewed engagement that will strengthen and energize our party as we choose the next leader", Clark said in an email.

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.

Meanwhile, the vacant seat for the B.C. Liberals means the ruling NDP-Greens are no longer in danger of a non-confidence vote in the B.C. Legislature.

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.

"Together, we have achieved so much - winning a comeback election victory that nearly nobody thought possible, positioning British Columbia firmly as Canada's leading economy, and laying a strong foundation for future generations to achieve their dreams here". I know she will take that passion and energy to her next opportunity.

"I am so proud of everything our Liberal team has accomplished", her statement reads.

Coleman said he believed it was hard on Clark to take a minority government and lose it within a couple of months, which may have influenced her decision.

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Liberal Party president Sharon White said in a statement that the party has 28 days to set a leadership vote.

The liberals have to set a date for a leadership vote within the next month.

"I think she just thought, 'I want to give these guys a chance to renew, '" he said.

Clark will also resign as her seat as MLA for Kelowna-West.

When former premier Gordon Campbell announced he was quitting, Clark became an immediate front-runner in the race to replace him. Strikingly, she had the support of only one caucus member, but she won on the third ballot over Falcon. "She has been the premier who took British Columbia and put it on the world map". She then ran in the by-election in Kelowna West (formerly Westside-Kelowna) to re-enter the Legislative Assembly.

Clark's Liberals governed British Columbia for a total of 5,869 days or 16 years. "She and the party have left a strong legacy".

Campaigning on promises of a debt-free B.C. and a jobs-first plan based on LNG development, she pulled off one of the biggest surprises in B.C. history, winning an increased majority, although she lost her own seat.

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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