Christy Clark the new Premier of BC

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The former deputy premier who painted herself as a Liberal outsider will be the next premier of B.C.

Christy Clark won the party’s leadership contest in the third round, beating out former cabinet ministers Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong.

It took three rounds of the preferential ballot to decide who will replace outgoing Premier Gordon Campbell, who resigned last fall over his party’s disastrous unveiling of the harmonized sales tax.

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The Liberals have not said when Campbell will step down and transfer power, but the departing leader was nowhere near the leadership convention tonight – organizers noted he was in Washington, D.C.

Clark has her work cut out for her.

Although B.C. is not scheduled for another election until 2013, the B.C. Liberals’ popularity had plummeted in the months before Campbell announced his resignation. 

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