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Clark addresses media after announcing sudden resignation

Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 9:57 am PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Clark was premier for just over six years

A by-election will be held in the riding of Kelowna West to replace her

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – She shook up the BC political scene on Friday by announcing she was resigning as leader of the BC Liberal Party and as MLA, now we’re about to hear from former premier Christy Clark.

She will speak to reporters today in Vancouver to shed some light on what was behind her decision to leave politics after so many years.

After the BC NDP and BC Green Party struck up a coalition and the Liberals were out of power following a non-confidence vote in the Legislature, Clark was asked directly by NEWS 1130 whether she would consider stepping down over the summer.

“What I said before the election remains true. I am happy to take on any jobs that the voters give me.”

Her announcement to resign came 10 days after John Horgan was sworn-in as premier.

Clark’s resignation takes effect on August 4th. Langley East MLA Rich Coleman is the interim party leader until a new boss is chosen.

Elections BC says the by-election to replace her seat in the riding of Kelowna West will cost roughly $500,000

NEWS 1130 will have a reporter at today’s news conference and we’ll update this post shortly after she speaks at 11:30 a.m.