Love her or you hate her, there’s no denying her impact on the political landscape after Christy Clark became Canada’s longest serving female premier.
Clark was sworn in as premier on March 14, 2011, and is the second woman to serve as the premier of B.C. Her five years and 2 days in office breaks the previous record that was held by former Nunavut premier Eva Aariak, who served from 2008 to 2013.
While Clark says she’s grateful to have served as B.C.’s premier for so long, there’s still work to be done when it comes to women in politics.
“The fact that five years plus two days is the benchmark for longest serving female first minister in Canada should give us pause to reflect on how much work is still to come, not just for women in government, but in all fields,” Clark said in a statement.
“Right now 40 per cent of the members of my cabinet are women, the Speaker of the Legislature, B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, our Government Caucus Chair, 48 per cent of senior public servants, and 40 per cent of B.C.’s 2000 board appointments are also women.”
By contrast, former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell held the position for 10 years from 2001 until 2011.