Rich Coleman named interim leader of BC Liberals

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CHRISTY Clark announced on Friday that she will step down as BC Liberal Party leader on August 4.

"Her leadership and willingness to work across party lines on this vital issue has made universities and colleges across this province safer for our students - and for this I am grateful", he said in an emailed statement. "I was a bit shocked, disappointed and dismayed, but that being said, Christy Clark is an incredible leader and what she really wants is what's best for British Columbians and our party".

Larson says Coleman will be assembling a shadow cabinet and getting caucus prepared for whenever the new NDP Premier John Horgan calls the legislature back.

Clark's announcement came almost a month after a confidence vote on June 29 toppled the narrowly-elected Liberals.

"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 said. "We're going to focus on what's important for B.C. - jobs, the economy, sending the right message internationally, tracking investment for the people of British Columbia, the people we care about, that's our children, grandchildren, families and communities". "I'm not interested in running for leader", he said.

Clark's Liberals lost a confidence motion on the throne speech June 29 after B.C. found itself in a hung parliament situation following the May 9 election.

The liberals have to set a date for a leadership vote within the next month.

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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.

As for who may take over as leader of the party, Moscrop noted Sam Sullivan and Andrew Wilkinson could be vying for the job but there is a chance a federal conservative could throw their hat into the ring.

She mounted a failed effort for the Vancouver mayoralty, then became a radio talk-show host until 2010. "She has been the premier who took British Columbia and put it on the world map".

But she couldn't pull off a majority government in the election this May, winning just 43 of the 87 seats in the legislature for a minority government. She later won a byelection in Kelowna-Westside, now Kelowna West. The NDP with 41 seats and the Greens with three were able to forge an alliance that led to the NDP forming government, ending the Liberals' 16-year reign.

Her four-year term was marked by steady growth, strong economic performance and consecutive balanced budgets, but the LNG promises never materialized.

The truest signs of leadership, whether it's politics, business or sports, is putting others first, by crediting everyone else for the wins and taking sole responsibility for the loses.