A day after Christy Clark announced she is resigning as BC Liberal leader, one of the party's MLAs says he is considering a run to replace her.
Clark made her intentions known in a brief statement on Friday, and will also be giving up her seat in Kelowna. Clark stepped down as premier after her government lost the confidence vote.
Larson has high praise for the former premier, both for her government's accomplishments and for the way Clark brought the caucus together as a team.
"She recognized that there's some real challenges that we will have going forward as a party".
"I was very emotional and surprised, absolutely, because I love her as a leader". "I wish her and her family the very best".
"B.C. owes her a debt of gratitude for the leadership she's provided".
"Together, we have achieved so much - winning a comeback election victory that nearly nobody thought possible, positioning British Columbia firmly as Canada's leading economy, and laying a strong foundation for future generations to achieve their dreams here".
"She was struggling with what she wanted to do".
The B.C. Liberal Party also has 28 days to call a meeting of the party executive to decide on a date for a leadership vote, as set out in the party constitution. "You're going to see a remarkable opposition", he said. The NDP and Greens formed an alliance that gave them a majority of just one seat, leading to Clark's defeat in the legislature and the appointment of NDP leader John Horgan as premier.
He said the almost 50 per cent cut in salary from about $200,000 as premier to $100,000 as MLA was also likjely a factor in her choice to resign. The precarious NDP government and likely new election looming will probably entice a number of strong candidates to throw their hats into the ring, he said. While Clark said the government couldn't function under an NDP minority government due to the tight majority, the lieutenant-governor asked Horgan to form a government.
Letnick acknowledged Clark had her detractors as is normal within a partisan political system, but hoped those of all political stripes would be able to say thank you to someone who devoted "a good part of her life and time away from her son", to improve the lives of British Columbians.
"A highlight of my time in the Legislature was working directly with Christy Clark to implement sexualized violence policy legislation for BC's post-secondary institutions".
Former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who retired before the May election, tweeted out his support for Clark's decision.
The VOICE wrote: "It's time the Liberals dumped Clark and moved on with a new, respected leader like Andrew Wilkinson".