06/12/2013 12:53 EDT

Christy Clark Byelection Called For July 10


Premier Christy Clark officially launched her campaign for a seat in the B.C. legislature Wednesday, calling a byelection in the Westside-Kelowna riding for July 10.

Clark led the BC Liberals to a victory that stunned pundits and pollsters in May, but failed to win her own riding of Vancouver-Point Grey, which was taken by the BC NDP challenger David Eby.

The sitting MLA for Kelowna-Westside, Ben Stewart, resigned on June 11, making way for the Premier in a safe Liberal riding.

On Tuesday, the NDP announced their candidate to challenge Clark would be 40-year Kelowna resident and elementary school teacher, Carole Gordon.

Clark told reporters Monday that she would not wait until she held a seat before calling the legislature into session, saying: "We cannot wait and hold up the people's business," the Vancouver Sun reported.

Her thoughts on bringing the legislature back sooner rather than later came on the heels of a press conference where she announced her full slate of ministers.

On Tuesday, Clark felt her first flush of criticism after news of large pay-scale rises for some of the Liberals' top staff bureaucrats came to light.

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