Rich Coleman named interim caucus leader for BC Liberal Party

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Following the vote, Clark met with the lieutenant-governor and suggested that Judith Guichon dissolve government.

The political landscape in BC is seeing a major shift with Christy Clark stepping down as leader of the Liberals and leaving her role as MLA in Kelowna-West.

"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.

The announcement was unexpected, according to Ashton, coming out as the B.C. Liberal caucus met in Penticton.

"I am certain that British Columbia's best days, and our party's, are still ahead of us".

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. Clark stepped down as premier after her government lost the confidence vote.

Horgan and his cabinet were sworn in last week.

"I've never worked with anybody with more passion and love, and strength of leadership in my entire life", he said.

She calls the province's protection of the Great Bear Rainforest "British Columbia's gift to the world".

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"The entire caucus has great respect for Christy Clark". This experience illustrated what we can achieve when members of this house work together.

Telford said former Prime Minister Stephen Harper took that to heart and left and "gave a respectable amount of time" before announcing his resignation as leader of the Conservative Party and MP. The changes were challenged by the B.C. Teacher's Federation and were later found to be unconstitutional.

"The premier leaves with her head held high", said Kyllo, adding that the province has created a strong economy.

Meanwhile, a revolt against her started nearly immediately after her loss as candidates who lost blamed her for botching up the election campaign. She was re-elected this year.

The party position is open after Clark announced she would step aside Friday.

"I think there are far more qualified people both within, and outside of caucus that have had leadership aspirations for some time", he said. She then ran in Campbell's former riding of Vancouver-Point Grey and defeated NDP candidate David Eby.

"I was surprised. She has always been there for us", said Letnick. She later won a byelection in Kelowna-Westside, now Kelowna West. The incumbent MLA, government whip Ben Stewart, resigned in Clark's favour. Without Clark, the NDP-Green hold a two-seat cushion. Clark's four-year term was known for economic growth, job creation and balanced budgets.

"It's all her leadership", said Larson.

Below is a note from Christy Clark to party members.The Party Executive will now meet within 28 days to set the rules...

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