Premier calls by-election for Christy Clark’s former riding

Premier Christy Clark speaking at a campaign event in Fort St. John with Peace River North BC Liberal candidate Dan Davies and other supporters on April 18th. Photo by Chris Newton

VICTORIA, B.C. — Premier John Horgan has called a by-election for the provincial riding of Kelowna West to fill the seat formerly held by Christy Clark.

The seat became vacant when Christy Clark resigned as MLA on August 4, 2017, less than a week after announcing that she was stepping down as BC Liberal Party leader. Under the Constitution Act, a by-election must be called within six months after the receipt of a warrant by the Chief Electoral Officer.

The by-election is significant, as it could result in the BC Liberals once again having more seats in the Legislature than the governing New Democrats. In last May’s provincial election, the Liberals won 43 out of 87 seats, the NDP won 41, while the Green Party took 3 seats to hold the balance of power.

Since the election, the Liberals’ seat count has fallen to 41 after the resignation of Christy Clark as Kelowna West MLA and Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas being tossed from the Liberal caucus after running to become Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

The by-election is scheduled to take place on February 14th.