Former premier Christy Clark will step down as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party on Aug. 4 and leave politics.
The announcement comes just 10 days after B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan was sworn in as B.C. premier, having formed a historic alliance with the B.C. Green Party following a tumultuous provincial election.
“Serving as premier and serving the people of British Columbia for the past 6½ years has been an incredible honour and privilege,” Clark said in a statement. “I am so proud of everything our B.C. Liberal team has accomplished.
“I am certain that British Columbia’s best days lie ahead. Because British Columbians can, through hard work, determination and perseverance, achieve anything they set their minds to.”
Political players react
In a statement, the B.C. Liberal caucus said Rich Coleman, member of the legislature for Langley East, will serve as interim caucus leader.
“What she’s given to this province should never be forgotten,” Coleman said. “She can walk out with her head held high saying she accomplished more than anyone thought she could.”
“This caucus supports Christy Clark. From a very emotional perspective, I think she just thought, ‘I want to give these guys a chance to renew.'”
Coleman said he does not intend to run for the party’s leadership, and would resign his interim position immediately should he change his mind.
Horgan and B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver both thanked Clark for her service to the province.
“I give her full marks for her contribution to public service.” Horgan said. “She served well as an opposition member, as a cabinet minister and as a premier. It is, I guess, the end of an era for her and the B.C. Liberal Party.”
“She’s been a fierce supporter of British Columbia both nationally and internationally,” said Weaver. “We’ve had a number of disagreements on policy directions over the years, however I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with her across party lines to create good public…