‘I am done with public life’ says former B.C. premier Clark
VANCOUVER — Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark says a disappointing finish on election night had her feeling like she should leave politics, but her head didn’t catch up with her heart until shortly before she told her caucus of her decision.
Clark, 51, looked relaxed and relieved as she gave her last news conference Monday with her teenage son Hamish at her side, calling her 6-1/2 years as premier “an incredible journey.” She announced Friday that she would be resigning as leader of the Liberal party.
“I took a long walk along the lakeshore on Friday morning and I knew it was time to leave,” she said of the decision that had been percolating since the May 9 election, when the Liberal party finished one seat shy of a majority.
“I didn’t want to leave in the midst of chaos so I stuck around,” Clark said, adding thoughts about resigning grew last month when Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asked NDP Leader John Horgan to govern.
Clark said she had the full support of “every single person” in her caucus the day before she made her announcement, but felt her departure would give the Liberal party a chance to renew itself and prepare for the Opposition benches after 16 years in power.
She will also be giving up her seat in the legislature.