Local MLA Says Clark’s Resignation Deeply Disappointing
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George- Valemount MLA Shirley Bond says Christy Clark’s decision to resign “deeply disappointed” the Liberal Caucus.“Today was very difficult for me personally” says Bond as she and Christy Clark have become close friends over their years in the legislature , “That relationship I know will continue into the future” says Bond, “I am just proud of her class, and dignity she shows, and today was no exception.”
“We have enormous respect for Christy Clark” says Bond “She made a personal decision today about her own future and about the future of our Party and us as an opposition team. We were deeply disappointed obviously, but I think one of the strengths of the team that Christy Clark created is our ability to work together, to stand strong with one another and to get prepared for the fight that we are going to have to take on from the Opposition benches.”
Clark’s resignation, which takes effect one week from today, includes stepping down from her post as MLA for Westside-Kelowna. That means the new NDP government, back by the Greens, will have a one seat majority in the legislature even after a speaker has been appointed until the results of a by-election are known. The Horgan government has 6 months to call that by-election.
The BC Liberal Party has already said its executive will meet within the next 28 days to determine the process for the election of a new partly leader. In the interim, Rich Coleman has been named Caucus leader.
Bond credits Clark for doing “an incredibly difficult job” over the past 6 and a half years in leading a caucus, leading a province, leading a Party. “I know that this (resignation) was done with the right intentions, with the best interests of not just our Party, our caucus but our Province. ”
She says she expects the leadership process to be “dynamic.”