‘I am done with pub­lic life’ says for­mer B.C. premier Clark

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - CAMILLE BAINS

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.

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