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MLA Rich Coleman selected Interim Leader of the BC Liberals

09 August 2017

It was an emotional scene within the BC Liberal Party caucus meeting Friday morning when party leader, and former premier Christy Clark announced her resignation.

Clark made her intentions known in a brief statement on Friday, and will also be giving up her seat in Kelowna.

Said Weaver, in a press release: "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".

Clark's government was defeated last month after an election in which her party was reduced to a legislative minority, paving the way for the left-leaning New Democrats to rule the province for the first time in 16 years.

"Many ignorant opinions - only a few know CC [Christy Clark] - she is a strong, intelligent, compassionate woman who chose party & province over self", he wrote. However, Clark led the party to victory but she lost her seat in Vancouver-Point Grey to Eby. She didn't recall the legislature for another month and then she plagiarized most of the NDP platform for her throne speech. "She's been the greatest person that I've worked for".

"When she came back to run, she really saved our party, saved our organization and put us on a very good footing and I think she can walk out with head high that she accomplished more than anybody thought she could". He is the first of the party's MLAs to announce that he may go for the leadership now that the job is open. "While we represented two different parties, we are united in our belief that our job is to work every day to build a better province". 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.

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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.

Telford said he doesn't expect the NDP government to call a by-election in her Kelowna West riding - a BC Liberal stronghold - very quickly.

Instead, she finally did the principled thing and resigned.

"I am certain that British Columbia's best days lie ahead", she said.

Former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who retired before the May election, tweeted out his support for Clark's decision. This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

While the leadership campaign and convention details get sorted out by the party executive, the BC Liberals are staying on task with their opposition duties, Shypitka said. "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".

MLA Rich Coleman selected Interim Leader of the BC Liberals