Glen Clark

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Glen David Clark
Glen Clark 2011 NDP convention.jpg
Glen Clark at the 2011 NDP convention
31st Premier of British Columbia
In office
February 22, 1996 – August 25, 1999
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Garde Gardom
Preceded by Mike Harcourt
Succeeded by Dan Miller
Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations of British Columbia
In office
November 5, 1991 – September 15, 1993
Premier Mike Harcourt
Preceded by John Jansen
Succeeded by Elizabeth Cull
Minister of Employment and Investment of British Columbia
In office
September 15, 1993 – February 22, 1996
Premier Mike Harcourt
Succeeded by Dan Miller
Minister Responsible for Youth of British Columbia
In office
February 28, 1996 – August 25, 1999
Premier Glen Clark
Succeeded by Andrew Petter
Personal details
Born (1957-11-22) November 22, 1957 (age 56)
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Political party British Columbia New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Dale Clark

Glen David Clark (born November 22, 1957 in Nanaimo, British Columbia) is a politician in Canada, serving in that province as its 31st Premier, from 1996 to 1999.

Early life and education[edit]

Clark attended — St. Jude’s elementary and Notre Dame secondary in East Vancouver. At Notre Dame, Clark was known as a small, fearless linebacker for the football team. Notre Dame is also where Clark was student council president and played the lead male role in The Sound of Music and later performed in South Pacific.[1] Clark holds a Bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master's Degree from the University of British Columbia. Before entering politics he worked in the labour movement.[2]

Politics[edit]

Clark was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 1986 provincial election. He served as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations and then as the Minister of Employment and Investment in the government of Mike Harcourt.[2] When Harcourt resigned as a result of the Bingogate scandal, Clark stood for and won the leadership of the BC NDP and therefore became BC's 31st Premier. Clark called an election in 1996 in which his party narrowly held onto its majority. Although it received fewer votes across the province than the second-place BC Liberal Party, the NDP was able to hold onto power by winning all but eight seats in Vancouver.

Scandals[edit]

Fast ferry scandal[edit]

In an effort to revitalize a shipbuilding industry, Clark undertook the B.C. fast ferries initiative, which was designed to upgrade the existing BC Ferries fleet as well as jump start the shipbuilding industry in Vancouver. Although the ferries were eventually produced, the project had massive cost overruns and long delays, and the ferries were never able to function up to expectations.[3] The ferries were later sold by the incoming Liberal government, for a fraction of their original price, to the American owned Washington Marine Group.[3]

Casinogate[edit]

In March 1999, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police executed a search warrant and searched the Clark household.[4] The media was tipped off about the raid and television news showed live, primetime coverage of the Premier pacing inside his house while the search was conducted. Two weeks later the RCMP conducted a search of the Premier's office.[5]

The subsequent investigation spawned intense coverage by the media.[6] However, subsequent coverage also exposed numerous inaccuracies in the way the story was initially portrayed, with some critics alleging a media or RCMP conspiracy to smear him for ideological reasons.[7]

Clark resigned suddenly on the night of August 21, 1999, following allegations that he had accepted favours (in the form of free renovations worth $10,000, which he had actually paid for) from Dimitrios Pilarinos in return for approving a casino application.[8] He was later formally charged with committing breach of trust, a criminal offence.[9]

Conflict of interest commissioner H.A.D. Oliver concluded in 2001 that Clark had violated conflict of interest laws in British Columbia.[6] However, Clark was acquitted of all criminal charges by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on August 29, 2002,[9] with Justice Elizabeth Bennett ruling that while Clark had unwisely left himself open to a perception of unethical behaviour, there was no solid evidence that he had actually done anything illegal.[10]

After political life[edit]

Upon Clark's resignation, Deputy Premier Dan Miller acceded to the interim leadership of the New Democratic Party, and the premiership, until a leadership convention selected Ujjal Dosanjh. Due in part to the scandals surrounding Clark, the NDP was heavily defeated by the BC Liberals under Gordon Campbell in the 2001 provincial election, winning just two seats provincewide.

Clark is currently employed as president of the Jim Pattison Group[11] and president of The News Group North America.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2009/01/31/funny-things-happen-when-glen-clark-meets-jimmy-pattison/
  2. ^ a b "Mr. Glen Clark | Members at dissolution of 36th Parliament | Legislative Assembly of British Columbia". Leg.bc.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b "B.C. fast ferries' voyage to oblivion leads to Middle East". Vancouver Sun, July 30, 2009.
  4. ^ "RCMP Raid BC Premier's House". Maclean's, March 15, 1999.
  5. ^ Beatty, Jim (March 20, 1999). "Clark's aides now reveal police searched his office: The 90-minute search Tuesday was not disclosed until Friday by the premier's press secretary, who called the visit "routine".". The Vancouver Sun. p. A4. 
  6. ^ a b Judi Tyabji Wilson, Daggers Unsheathed: The Political Assassination of Glen Clark. Heritage House Publishing Co., 2002.
  7. ^ "The conspiracy to get Glen Clark, or not". National Post, August 31, 2002.
  8. ^ "Glen Clark steps down under pressure". CBC News, August 21, 1999.
  9. ^ a b Glen Clark at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  10. ^ "Glen Clark not guilty in breach of trust case". CBC News, August 29, 2002.
  11. ^ "Funny things happen when Glen Clark meets Jimmy Pattison". Vancouver Sun, January 31, 2009.

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