Ashton reacts to Clark's departure

On Friday, Christy Clark shocked the province when she announced she would be stepping down as leader of the BC Liberals, and leave politics altogether.

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton says, Clark served the riding well while she was leader of the party, and will be missed.

"I found working with the premier very good, she loves the Okanagan and the Okanagan was a huge benefit, not only just the Okanagan but the whole province," says Ashton. "She leaves this province in substantially better shape than when she found it." 

As for whether or not he's interested in running for leader of the party.

"I really, really enjoy representing the people here from Penticton to Peachland, and that's as far as I want to go," says Ashton. "I have no leadership aspirations whatsoever." 

Clark officially steps down on Friday, and Fort Langley/Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman has been named interm leader. 

He's a former graduate of Penticton Secondary School, and has been an MLA since 1996.