B.C. Premier Christy Clark says 2012 has been a challenging year but she's confident of the road ahead, including her party's chances in the coming provincial election.

Clark said despite trailing the opposition by more than a dozen points in the polls for most of the year and a number of high-profile resignations in her cabinet, she feels good about what she has accomplished in 2012.

"It's been busy. It's been challenging. Probably in many ways it's been the best year of my life," Clark told CBC News Vancouver host Gloria Macarenko during a year-end interview.

The premier said a big part of that confidence has come from focusing on her own agenda with her jobs plan, as opposed to continuing what was started by her predecessor.

"We've really been living that plan and so that has been something of my making, of my government's making."

As for 2013 and the upcoming May provincial election, Clark isn't making any bold predictions but says she is optimistic about her party's chances.

"I'm confident when people sit down and really ask themselves the question about where they want their economy to go, that they'll look at the plan that we've delivered and say, 'You know what? It wasn't perfect, but they got the big things right.'"

Clark was elected as the leader of the B.C. Liberal Party in February 2011. The upcoming May 14 provincial election will be her first as the party's leader.

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  • <a href="http://www.angus-reid.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012.09.10_Premiers_CAN.pdf" target="_hplink">Angus Reid Public Opinion surveyed 6,657 Canadian adults</a> from August 21 to August 27, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

  • Brad Wall - Net Approval +38

    Approve: 66 per cent Disapprove: 28 per cent Not Sure: 6 per cent

  • Alison Redford - Net Approval +18

    Approve: 55 per cent Disapprove: 37 per cent Not Sure: 8 per cent

  • Greg Selinger - Net Approval +7

    Approve: 48 per cent Disapprove: 41 per cent Not Sure: 10 per cent

  • David Alward - Net Approval +3

    Approve: 47 per cent Disapprove: 44 per cent Not Sure: 10 per cent

  • Kathy Dunderdale - Net Approval -15

    Approve: 39 per cent Disapprove: 54 per cent Not Sure: 8 per cent

  • Dalton McGuinty - Net Approval -28

    Approve: 32 per cent Disapprove: 60 per cent Not Sure: 9 per cent

  • Jean Charest (Outgoing) - Net Approval -32

    Approve: 32 per cent Disapprove: 64 per cent Not Sure: 3 per cent

  • Christy Clark - Net Approval -36

    Approve: 28 per cent Disapprove: 64 per cent Not Sure: 8 per cent

  • Darrell Dexter - Net Approval -41

    Approve: 26 per cent Disapprove: 67 per cent Not Sure: 8 per cent