Premier paid tens of thousands each year by BC Liberal Party
For the first time, the public knows how much the BC Liberal Party pays to top up Premier Christy Clark’s salary.
Now that annual stipend is drawing heat from the opposition NDP.
But the government says supplementing the Premier’s pay is related to the extra work she does all year.
“How bad has affordability got in British Columbia got, Honourable Speaker, if someone making 200 thousand dollars a year needs a top up?”
The NDP is on the attack after information came to light detailing the Premier’s supplemented salary.
“I would describe it as a commission.”
Today, NDP MLA David Eby filed a complaint with BC’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner.
Since 2013, the BC Liberal Party paid Premier Clark tens of thousands of dollars in addition to her annual premier’s salary of 190 thousand dollars.
“That’s a lot of money, that’s a lot of money that came from political donations made directly to the BC Liberal Party that she was soliciting through events like this.”
Thank-you very much everybody.”
The main event at the Leaders’ Dinner in 2015, diners paid one thousand dollars to be in a room with Premier Clark.
And it’s events where patrons pay even more, thousands of dollars, for a one-on-one with Clark that the NDP take exception to.
“Those fundraisers that the premier goes to are now going directly into her pocket.
So big money is staying in politics largely because the premier is benefiting from it.
And I think we need to change that.”
But the deputy premier is quick to defend the premier’s top up.
“Quite frankly, I don’t know a person standing in this entire crowd who works 80 hours a week other than the premier of the province of British Columbia.
She has a party to manage, government to manage.”
“The NDP raise money with exclusive soirees, and the BC Liberals raise money as well.
We all do as well under the rules of the province.”
This political scientist says there are still questions surrounding the money.
“Almost a forensic audit needs to be done to see where did the donations come from?
And what groups or individuals?
How did the party then record those?
What kinds of amounts are being passed on to the premier?”