Ca­reer high­lights

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

For­mer B.C. pre­mier Christy Clark an­nounced Fri­day she would be re­sign­ing as leader of the Lib­eral party and as a mem­ber of the leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly in Kelowna West.

Here is a list of Clark’s po­lit­i­cal high­lights:

— As a child, Clark knocked on doors with her fa­ther, Jim Clark, who was run­ning for the pro­vin­cial Lib­er­als when the party had lit­tle sup­port in the prov­ince.

— Clark won as stu­dent pres­i­dent at Si­mon Fraser Uni­ver­sity, later say­ing it was “the nas­ti­est pol­i­tics I’ve ever been in­volved in.”

She won by six votes, but was dis­qual­i­fied for for­get­ting to pay a small fine be­cause she’d failed to re­move cam­paign ma­te­rial.

— First elected to the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture in 1996 as an Op­po­si­tion Lib­eral MLA in Port Moody.

— Re-elected in 2001 in a Lib­eral sweep and is ap­pointed deputy pre­mier and ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter.

— Left pol­i­tics in 2005 to spend time with her fam­ily but then made a failed bid to lead the Non-Par­ti­san As­so­ci­a­tion in a run to be mayor of Van­cou­ver.

— Hosted an af­ter­noon ra­dio talk show in Van­cou­ver be­tween 2007 and 2010 be­fore leav­ing to seek the Lib­eral lead­er­ship when Gor­don Camp­bell quit as pre­mier.

— Clark won lead­er­ship race in 2011 and walked di­rectly into the pre­mier’s of­fice.

— De­spite pre­dic­tions of a New Demo­crat vic­tory, Clark led her party to power in the 2013 elec­tion.

— Clark Lib­er­als in­tro­duced five con­sec­u­tive bal­anced bud­gets, lead­ing Canada in job and eco­nomic growth.

— Gave the go-ahead to the $8.8 bil­lion Site C hy­dro­elec­tric dam in north­east B.C., reached long-term labour peace with teach­ers and pre­served old-growth forests in the Great Bear Rain­for­est.

— The Lib­er­als were elected to a mi­nor­ity govern­ment in May with 43 seats in the 87-seat leg­is­la­ture but lost a con­fi­dence vote af­ter the New Democrats and Greens formed an agree­ment to gov­ern.

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