Christy Clark is the Premier of British Columbia and leader of the province’s Liberal Party.
Clark first became involved in politics in 1996, when she was elected as a MLA. In 2001, when the Liberals took power, Clark was named Education Minister and Deputy Premier. In 2004, she was named Minister of Children and Family Development, before announcing that she would not run in the 2005 election.
In 2005, Clark left politics to join media. She began writing a column for the Province in Vancouver, and provided political commentary for CTV Newsnet. In 2007, she began hosting the Christy Clark Show on local radio in Vancouver.
During that time, she also ran an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Vancouver.
When Gordon Campbell announced he was stepping down, Clark ran for leadership of the Liberal Party. She was acclaimed as winner in February 2011, and was sworn in as Premier in March of that year.
In the 2013 election, Clark led the Liberals to another victory, but lost her own seat in the legislature. She won a by-election in Westside-Kelowna, allowing her to remain in the Assembly and stay on as Premier.
She has won the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award as well as the Consumer Choice Awards Woman of the Year BC award.
Clark faced scrutiny in 2015 when it was revealed that seven health researchers were fired under her leadership in 2012.