Christy Clark in the Westside Daze parade in West Kelowna July 1, 2017. - Image: Teresa Huscroft-Brown.

Christy Clark in the Westside Daze parade in West Kelowna July 1, 2017. - Image: Teresa Huscroft-Brown.

Editorial: Why the hate for Christy Clark?

On the world scene, Clark’s reputation was solid. She was seen as a champion for the province

What was it about Christy Clark that made her such a polarizing figure in B.C. politics?

In the aftermath of Clark’s resignation, stepping away with the words “I’m done with public life,” Clark can be remembered as one of the most controversial leaders in B.C. history.

In this province and in this part of the province, it seemed you either hated her, or…was there another option? Judging by the number of letters and calls we received in the lead-up to the last election, Clark had her share of detractors right here in her riding. That she went on to win Kelowna West easily proved her prowess as a politician and showed she did in fact have support.

But why did so many people hate this lady that clearly was a fighter for our province and one of only a handful of women to ever be a provincial premier? On the world scene, Clark’s reputation was solid. She was seen as a champion for the province and a strong leader who advocated for B.C.’s best interests. At the same time the calls to get rid of her never seemed to end on the home front.

But was she any different than any other political leader? It’s almost a lose-lose proposition, going into politics. You can never make everyone happy, nor can you move mountains by yourself. As leader of the B.C. Liberals, Christy Clark never enjoyed the same popularity as say, her Okanagan team partners Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson.

Those two gentlemen seem to be riding a wave of popularity that will be hard to topple. They are hard-working, outgoing, community champions that both won their ridings easily. Was Clark not a hard-working community/provincial champion?

You don’t hear the same criticism of Letnick and Thomson. As cabinet ministers in the Clark government, Letnick was in charge of agriculture and Thomson was the minister for forests, lands and the rest of the portfolio. They walked step-for-step with Clark, as did the rest of the Liberals, making decisions as a team.

As leader, Clark took all criticism on the chin, as leaders do.

But the hatred that followed her seemed more fitting for one nefarious, narcissistic type of politician that is in all the headlines these days.

No, Christy Clark wasn’t the devil that so many portrayed her to be. She was a politician. Now she’s done with public life. Wouldn’t you be as well, if you had to put up with these endless personal attacks?

Just Posted

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

Earls On Top at 211 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Downtown Kelowna’s Earls ordered closed after COVID-19 transmission

Earls on Top on Bernard Avenue will be closed from June 18 to June 27

Danny Fulton receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 27. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic planned for Kelowna

Clinic at Kelowna Secondary School from June 22 to 24 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dereck Donald Sears. (Contributed/Crimestoppers)
Murder charge laid in relation to suspicious Kelowna death

Dereck Donald Sears is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Middleton

A motorycle crash has been reported on Westside Road. (Google Maps)
UPDATE: Westside Road reopened following motorcycle crash near Vernon

AIM Roads advises drivers to expect delays due to congestion

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Jeanette Megens
KCR: Volunteering is sharing your story

Kelowna Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read