Christy Clark is the 35th Premier of British Columbia, Canada. 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.
Clark was born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia on October 29, 1965. Her father, Jim, was a teacher and a three-time candidate for the Legislative Assembly, and her mother, Mavis, was a family counsellor.
Clark attended Simon Fraser University (SFU), the Sorbonne in France and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
- Won: Clark was first elected to the legislature in the 1996 election, representing the riding of Port Moody Burnaby Mountain.
- Served: As the Official Opposition critic for the environment, children and families and for the public service. She also served as the campaign co-chair for the BC Liberals during the 2001 election.
- Served: Appointed Minister of Education and Deputy Premier in 2001 and Minister of Children and Family Development in 2004.
- Lost: In 2005, Clark announced that she would seek the nomination of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) to run for Mayor in the Vancouver Civic Elections against local councillor Sam Sullivan. On September 24, 2005, she lost the NPA's mayoral nomination.
- New start: After stepping back from formal politics in 2007, she began hosting her own radio show in Vancouver on CKNW, the "Christy Clark Show."
- Sought the leadership of the BC Liberal Party in 2010. Despite her perceived frontrunner status, only one backbench MLA endorsed her candidacy for leader. The overwhelming majority of the caucus supported other campaigns.
- Was elected leader of the BC Liberals on the third ballot. She won 52 per cent of the vote.
Clark defied pollster predictions by leading her party to victory in the May 13, 2013 provincial election reversing a 20 point lead held by the BC NDP at the beginning of the campaign.
Claim to fame/highlights:
- She became the second woman in Canadian history to give birth while sitting as a cabinet minister, the first being Pauline Marois in 1985
- Clark's anti-bullying campaign began in 2009 when she established the Pink Shirt Campaign, an initiative that won her the 2009 Woman of the Year in the BC Consumer Choice Awards.
This Premier's profile is part of EV's summer news series on the occasion of the annual Premiers' meeting at Niagara on the Lake in July 2013. This year, a historic six women premiers were at the table representing nearly half of all Premiers. Read more here.