Christy Clark stands by outspoken nature despite criticism
B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark is often criticized for being too quick to speak her mind, but Clark says she won't apologize for being herself.
At a recent campaign stop in Fort Nelson, Clark chatted easily with workers at the Spectra Energy gas plant, looking comfortable in coveralls and a hard hat despite the reporters and cameras.
"I really love people. And I'm really curious about people," Clark said.
Clark is known for not being shy with people or shy about speaking her mind, perhaps because she was the youngest of four children.
"When I got back into politics, I said to myself I was just going to be who I am," she said in a recent sit-down interview with CBC legislative bureau chief Stephen Smart.
"I'm just going to [speak my mind] and if people like that, that's great, and if people don't like it, that's okay," she added.
Like Adrian Dix, her NDP counterpart, Clark has been involved in politics from an early age.
"My dad was a school teacher and so we always talked about politics around the table and all kinds of debates and things like that," Clark said.
"I decided I wanted to be an MLA in 1995. I'd always sort of been involved in politics around the fringes as a volunteer," she added.
But she says she didn't consider being premier until former Liberal leader Gordon Campbell resigned in 2011, mainly due to the fact she is a single mother to her 11-year-old son, Hamish.
"I see less of him [and] that's hard for both of us," she said, adding that she was rushing back to Vancouver later that day to catch Hamish's baseball team in the finals.
But Clark said she hopes the difference she can make as premier will make the sacrifice worth it.
With files from the CBC's Stephen Smart