Christy Clark

Christina Joan " Christy " Clark ( born October 29, 1965 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician. Since March 14, 2011 she is Prime Minister of the Province of British Columbia and Chair of the British Columbia Liberal Party. From 1996 to 2005 she was deputy of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and has held several ministerial posts in Gordon Campbell's provincial government during this time.


Clark studied political science and religious studies at Simon Fraser University, the Sorbonne and at the University of Edinburgh, but did not graduate. On 28 May 1996 she was elected as the members of the constituency Port Moody - Burnaby Mountain in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. They first belonged to the opposition and appeared as spokesperson for the environment, family policy and public services in appearance. After the electoral victory of the Liberals on 16 May 2001 she appointed the new Prime Minister Gordon Campbell as his deputy and minister of education. Three years later she also took over the family ministry.

As Minister of Education, Clark wanted to reform the BC College of Teachers ( Inspectorate for teacher training ), but came across fierce opposition from the teachers 'union, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. In 2002, she signed two laws that forced the teachers to end their strike and collective bargaining ban. Nine years later, the Supreme Court of the Province Clarks declared unconstitutional decisions. On September 17, 2004, Clark moved for family reasons temporarily from politics and decided not to run in the elections of 2005. Already in August 2005 she sought the nomination as a candidate of the Non -Partisan Association for the mayoral election in Vancouver, but lost Sam Sullivan, who later won the election. From August 2007 to December 2010 moderated Clark weekdays on radio station CKNW in Vancouver one named after her show ( The Christy Clark Show). She also wrote columns for the newspapers The Province and The Vancouver Sun.

After Gordon Campbell on 3 November 2010 his imminent resignation announced as Prime Minister and party leader had, Clark had five weeks later her candidacy to replace him known. During the campaign, it presented itself as an independent from the then government outsider who was the only one able to bring about the desired change by the voters. At the party the Liberal Party on 26 February 2011, she sat down in the third ballot with 52% of the vote against Health Minister Kevin Falcon by. Although they had led in most opinion polls, their choice was nevertheless surprising since they did not belong at this time the provincial government, and had been publicly supported only by a backbencher of the parliamentary faction. On March 14, 2011 Clark took over the office as Prime Minister and party leader. Your predecessor Campbell was a day later known to withdraw as a deputy so that she could compete in whose constituency Vancouver - Point Grey to a by-election. Your extremely narrow victory on 11 May 2011 (564 vote lead ) was the first post-election success of the ruling party for 30 years.

In September 2012, several influential members of the Group announced ( including four ministers) that they would withdraw from politics and triggered by a minor crisis of confidence within the party out. Two months later, the former Liberal Prime Minister John van Dongen accused the Prime Minister, she was standing in connection with the controversial sale of BC Rail train company in a conflict of interest. In April 2013, a judge found the independent commission of inquiry, that the allegations were not true. Before the general elections on 13 May 2013, all pollsters predicted a significant defeat of the Liberals. Against all odds, they remained the strongest force and increased their majority even slightly increase. In her own constituency but Clark was defeated by NDP candidate David Eby with 785 votes difference. Although they continued to be Prime Minister, but was not allowed to participate in parliamentary sessions. Then the deputy Ben Stewart stepped back to her in his constituency Westside - Kelowna ( a liberal stronghold ) to allow a by-election. Clark went there on July 10, 2013, and won with a vote share of 62%.

Clark is divorced and has a son.