Christy Clark, right, with Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell and Courtyyard Café co-owner Peter Tryon, left, at a community engagement event during the election period. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell still reacting to Clark’s departure

B.C. Liberal Party to move forward with leadership race

Michelle Stilwell said she is still trying to absorb the fact that Christy Clark has resigned.

Stilwell, the lone Liberal MLA on the Island, says Clark’s departure from politics and public life came as a shock.

On Friday, July 28, Clark released a statement announcing she would be stepping down from the position, effective Aug. 4.

Clark, whose party won the election in May, lost a confidence vote in June to an NDP-Green partnership.

Stilwell told The NEWS she thinks Clark was “mulling (the decision) over in her mind from the night of the election,” adding that a lot has occurred over the last three months.

“I think it was probably something that she was thinking about, contemplating, and she came to the conclusion in Penticton that this was the right time — not just for her — but for the party moving forward,” Stilwell said.

While Stilwell said she respects Clark’s decision 100 per cent, she said she is deeply disappointed.

“She gave herself to the province for six years as premier, many years before that as MLA,” Stilwell said. “The job of premier is exhausting and you give your time, your energy, your soul to the betterment for all British Columbians. It’s sad to see her moving on, but we accomplished so much under her leadership.”

Under her leadership, Stilwell said, the B.C. Liberal Party acomplished so many amazing things, but what sticks out for Stilwell is the Single Parent Employment Initiative.

“I was so closely associated with it in my ministry,” she said.

“Being able to take thousands of single parents that are receiving income assistance and help them get the training and education they need to get into employment and to now have over 1,000 in employment, having lasting income assistance, is a huge success.”

But now it’s time to move forward especially with the leadership race, Stilwell said.

“The party needs to decide now what the process and the criteria will be for that leadership race, and we’ll see who puts their name forward,” she said.

Asked if she would put he name into the leadership race, Stilwell wasn’t sure.

“That’s something that I would have to put a lot of thought into and consideration. It’s a conversation you have to have with your family. I don’t know.”

Just Posted

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Award-winning Qualicum Beach choir performs for Lt.-Gov

The Gardens Choir gets visit after winning Lt.-Gov contest for second year

Qualicum Beach Hemsworth Road Trailway Project begins

Trail closed until construction is complete in Septmeber

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Crashes reach ‘all-time high’ across B.C.: ICBC

Auto insurer recorded more than 350,000 crashes n in 2017

Pressure on for ride hailing, bus options in B.C.

Premiers to press Ottawa for help replacing Greyhound service

Usain Bolt to make run at pro soccer in Australia

Olympic sprint great has long expressed his love of the game

Duchess of Sussex wears dress by Calgary’s Nonie to Mandela exhibition

Nonie is believed to be the first Canadian based ready-to-wear designer for the duchess

Amazon’s hopes its Prime Day doesn’t go to the dogs

Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links after the 3 p.m. ET launch in the U.S. got images of dogs

Trudeau blasts Putin, Russia following Finland summit but stays mum on Trump

Strong words come one day after a controversial summit between Putin and Trump in Finland

Temperature records break across southern B.C. as heat continues

Whistler broke a 70-year-old record high of 32.2 C with a temperature of 32.9 C

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers.”

Most Read