Premier’s bid for seat forces North Westside back to the polls

Freshly re-elected MLA Ben Stewart decides to step back from politics

Premier Christy Clark will attempt to win a seat in Westside-Kelowna.

Premier Christy Clark will attempt to win a seat in Westside-Kelowna.

North Westside Road residents are heading back to the polls as Premier Christy Clark attempts to get a seat in the Legislature.

Ben Stewart, who was re-elected Westside-Kelowna MLA May 14,announced Wednesday that he will step aside to make room for Clark, who lost her Vancouver seat in the provincial election.

“I am humbled by Ben Stewart’s unselfish act of character and generosity, and I will be asking the voters of Westside-Kelowna for their support in the pending byelection,” said Clark.

Stewart says he made the right decision and he hopes voters will back Clark in the yet-to-be-scheduled byelection.

“She has a strong mandate and I am doing my part to ensure she is in a position to deliver on her vision for a strong economy and secure tomorrow,” he said.

Clark says she will return to the constituency once the cabinet is sworn in Friday so she can start preparing for a byelection.

“I look forward to earning the support of local voters to represent this area.  I will do it with dedication and enthusiasm, backed by a strong group of seatmates that includes Norm Letnick, Steve Thomson, Eric Foster and Dan Ashton,” she said.

It’s not known if the NDP will run a candidate against Clark in the byelection.