Saturday, July 29, 2017

MLAs won’t pursue Liberal leadership

RICHARD ROLKEF Morning Star Jul 28th, 2017 1:58pm NEWS
Local MLAs are already insisting they won’t replace Christy Clark as B.C. Liberal leader. The party position is open after Clark announced she would step aside Friday.“There’s no desire to run for leader,” said Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA.
“I am well situated to provide representation to the Shuswap.” Eric Foster, the long-time MLA for Vernon-Monashee, also isn’t entertaining a run for the top job. “The answer to the question is no. I’m not interested in running for leader,” he said.“I don’t feel qualified to do the job.”

The Liberal Party has not determined when a leadership race will be held.Clark decision to resign as party leader comes after the Liberals narrowly won the provincial election but lost a non-confidence vote in the Legislature which led to the NDP forming power. “The premier leaves with her head held high,” said Kyllo, adding that the province has created a strong economy. “B.C. owes her a debt of gratitude for the leadership she’s provided.” Foster admits he’s disappointed by Clark’s departure as leader. “She’s been a great leader and a good friend,” he said. “We won more seats than the other guys. We just didn’t win it by enough. She’s done a great job and B.C. is No. 1.” Clark will also be stepping aside as MLA for Kelowna West, but it’s not known when a by-election may be held.Premier John Horgan says Clark should be thanked for her service to the province. “As an MLA and as Premier, Ms. Clark fought passionately for what she believed in. I know she will take that passion and energy to her next opportunity. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” he said in a release.

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