I don’t know about you, but I have never really associated the word politician with the words “kind and funny human.” I equate this assumption as partially a result of the media, and partially due to the fact that I don’t know many politicians on a personal level. That is, until I had the chance to sit down with BC’s Premier, Christy Clark.
Upon meeting her at her office at the World Trade Centre in Downtown Vancouver, I got the immediate sense that she was down to earth and caring. She really was just like every other woman, mother and girlfriend, despite her title. Unlike some more privileged women in politics, Christy grew up the youngest of four in a modest home in Burnaby and has worked tenaciously for everything she has achieved.
Having spent over 20 years in politics, she has overcome her fair share of barriers. She’s learned that in order to survive over two decades in this game, you need a thick skin — but that, ultimately, liking who you are is all that really matters.
In today’s interview, Christy gets candid about what it was like growing up by the Oakalla prison in Burnaby, her foray into politics, early mornings spent glamorously getting ready at the hockey rink and texting with girlfriends.
I’m just going to try and be me and be truthful to myself about what I want to do, and if people don’t like it, that’s OK.