The MLA for Kootenay East is describing a range of emotions after learning of BC Liberal leader Christy Clark’s decision to resign.
Tom Shypitka is recalling his immediate reaction to learning Friday’s news Clark will step down as the top BC Liberal and Kelowna MLA as of August 4th.
Shypitka admits he was first disappointed then overcome with a sense his party would be lost.
However, he explains after learning the reasons for Clarks departure, and talking to other party members, he feels the BC Liberals are ready to move forward in the right direction.
Shypitka has high praise for Clark, saying she brought a real passion to the party British Columbians have never seen before.
The Kootenay East member of the legislature suggests she was a bright, glowing light.
Shypitka says you hear a lot of criticism in the media, and social media, about how nasty Clark is but he believes that couldn’t be further from the truth.
He goes on to say she is one of the most passionate, caring and giving people he has ever met.
Clark, whose Liberals were ousted after a tumultous election in May and a historic alliance between the NDP and Green Party, elected the BC Liberal Leader in February 2011.
She served as Premier for six and a half years.
– Kootenay East Liberal MLA Tom Shypitka