Christy Clark was sworn in as British Columbia’s 35th Premier on March 14, 2011 and was elected Vancouver-Point Grey MLA in a by-election on May 12, 2011. She previously served as the MLA for Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain (1996-2001) and Port Moody-Westwood (2001-2005).
Christy Clark was born and raised in Burnaby by her mother Mavis, a family counsellor, and her father Jim, a school teacher and guidance counsellor. Like her parents, Christy has an extensive record of community involvement and leadership for British Columbia’s families.
After graduating from Burnaby Senior Secondary, Christy studied at Simon Fraser University, the University of Edinburgh, and at the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris.
In 1996, she was elected to the British Columbia legislature where she distinguished herself as a passionate champion for families. This commitment continued when the BC Liberals formed government and she was appointed Minister of Education and Deputy Premier in 2001.
Christy took a break from politics in 2005 to spend more time with her family. She quickly established herself as a columnist with the Vancouver Province newspaper and commentator on CTV Newsnet. In 2007, she began the “Christy Clark Show” on CKNW radio.
Christy has earned a number of awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her work in politics, and for creating the anti-bullying campaign “Pink Shirt Day”, she was named the 2009 Woman of the Year in BC by the Consumer Choice Awards.
In 2010, Christy left her position at CKNW radio to enter the leadership race for the BC Liberal Party. On February 26th, 2011, Christy won the election, making her the Premier-Designate of British Columbia. On March 14th, 2011, Christy was officially sworn in as the Premier of British Columbia.
Christy lives in Vancouver with her son.