Clark is stepping down both as party leader and MLA for Kelowna West effective next Friday, Aug. 4. Despite her assurances that she would not ask Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon to call another election, she did exactly that after the Liberals lost the confidence vote in the legislature.
Coleman said the whole party, which thinks "the world of her", was disappointed by the announcement, adding that it wasn't an easy decision for Clark, either. "She's been the greatest person that I've worked for". To admit that the B.C. Liberals going forward will be better off without her as leader must have been even more hard.
"I am certain that British Columbia's best days lie ahead". 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.
The B.C. Liberal Party also has 28 days to call a meeting of the party executive to decide on a date for a leadership vote, as set out in the party constitution.
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. Without Clark, the NDP-Green hold a two-seat cushion.
"There was such an up-and-down momentum going there", Shypitka said, referencing the uncertainty from the election results to the NDP/Green agreement and the non-confidence vote.
Leaving politics will also likely give her more time with her son.
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Instead, she finally did the principled thing and resigned.
Liberal caucus members praised Ms. Clark on Friday, but the party will now face the necessity of picking a new leader to face the BC NDP government.
"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", she said.
"A highlight of my time in the Legislature was working directly with Christy Clark to implement sexualized violence policy legislation for BC's post-secondary institutions".
"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". This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together. "You don't need to look any further to what she did for this remarkable province and we are the best province in all of Canada".
Of those who had said they would prefer to see Clark replaced, 53 per cent of them had actually voted for the Liberals in May's election.