kids encyclopedia robot

Christy Clark facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids

Christy Clark
Christy Clark by Kris Krug 01 (cropped).jpg
35th Premier of British Columbia
In office
March 14, 2011 – July 18, 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Steven Point
Judith Guichon
Preceded by Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by John Horgan
Leader of the Opposition in British Columbia
In office
July 18, 2017 – August 4, 2017
Premier John Horgan
Preceded by John Horgan
Succeeded by Rich Coleman
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Kelowna West
In office
July 10, 2013 – August 4, 2017
Preceded by Ben Stewart
Succeeded by Ben Stewart
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver-Point Grey
In office
May 30, 2011 – May 13, 2013
Preceded by Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by David Eby
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Port Moody-Westwood
Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain (1996-2001)
In office
May 16, 2001 – May 17, 2005
Preceded by Barbara Copping
Succeeded by Iain Black
9th Deputy Premier of British Columbia
In office
June 5, 2001 – September 20, 2004
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Joy MacPhail
Succeeded by Shirley Bond
Minister of Education
In office
June 5, 2001 – January 26, 2004
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Joy MacPhail
Succeeded by Tom Christensen
Minister of Children and Family Development
In office
January 26 – September 20, 2004
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Gordon Hogg
Succeeded by Stan Hagen
Personal details
Born
Christina Joan Clark

October 29, 1965 (1965-10-29) (age 55)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Political party BC Liberal
Spouse(s) Mark Marissen (div. 2009)
Alma mater Simon Fraser University (Did not graduate)

Christina Joan Clark (born October 29, 1965) is a former Canadian politician who served as the 35th Premier of British Columbia, Canada from 2011 to 2017. Clark was sworn in as premier on March 14, 2011, after she won the leadership of the British Columbia Liberal Party in the 2011 leadership election on February 26, 2011. She was the second woman to serve as premier of British Columbia, after Rita Johnston in 1991; and the first female premier in Canada to lead her party to a plurality of seats in two consecutive general elections. While she lost her own seat in her first election, she led the BC Liberals to win an additional five seats for a larger majority in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Subsequently, an elected member of the Liberal Party caucus stepped aside so there could be a by-election in a riding, to provide her with a seat in the House. During her second election as leader, she led her party to win 43 out of 87 ridings. Due to a historic confidence and supply agreement between the NDP and BC Green Party, her party narrowly lost the confidence of the House, forcing her government's resignation. Clark tried unsuccessfully to have the BC Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon reject the NDP-Green Party combined majority and willingness to govern and to call another election. Her decision to leave politics followed shortly after this. Following a period of repose, Clark was hired by Bennett Jones, a law firm with offices in Vancouver, in May 2018, with more appointments to follow at other institutions and firms.

Clark served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from 1996 to 2005, serving as deputy premier from 2001 to 2005 during the first term of Gordon Campbell's government. She left politics in 2005, and became the host of an afternoon radio talk show. At the time of her leadership victory, Clark was not an MLA. She re-entered the legislature after winning a by-election on May 11, 2011, in Vancouver-Point Grey, the seat left vacant by Campbell.

Her government was re-elected in the 2013 provincial election, but Clark was defeated by NDP candidate David Eby in her own riding of Vancouver-Point Grey. She was subsequently returned to the legislature in a by-election in Westside-Kelowna on July 10.

In the 2017 provincial election she was re-elected in Westside-Kelowna. The Liberals were reduced to 43 seats—one short of a majority. After the election, the Liberals entered negotiations with the Green Party of British Columbia, which held the balance of power in the legislature. On May 29, the Green Party reached a supply agreement with the NDP. Clark subsequently recalled the Legislature, to present a Throne Speech. On June 29, 2017, her minority government was defeated 44–42, on a motion of non-confidence by the NDP-Green alliance. Subsequently, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon denied Clark's request for a snap election and instead asked NDP leader John Horgan to form a minority government. Horgan succeeded Clark as the 36th premier on July 18, and Clark became Leader of the Opposition. On July 28, Clark announced that she was resigning as Liberal leader effective August 4 and leaving politics.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Christy Clark Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.