It appears the Premier isn’t just making her taxpayer funded salary, but is also topped up with extra funds from the B.C. Liberal Party.
According to a Globe and Mail story, the B.C. Liberals pay Premier Christy Clark an extra $30,000-to-$50,000 a year.
This is on top of the nearly $200,000 she already earns as Premier.
This is adding fuel to the fire in the call to ban union and corporate donations from politics.
Clark and her party have resisted that, despite growing calls to ban those donations.
The money the party uses to top up her salary would come from donations raised by the party, including controversial fundraisers where big donors pay a premium for access to the Premier.
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In a statement, the B.C. Liberal Party says this is a practice that dates back to when Gordon Campbell held B.C.’s Premier position.
It has been the longstanding practice of the BC Liberal Party to provide our leader with a stipend. This practice pre-dates the current administration and goes back at least a decade, if not longer.
The amount has traditionally ranged between $30,000 and $50,000 per annum. This stipend is disclosed on the MLA’s Disclosure Form, which is available in the Legislature for public review.
Meanwhile, an NDP MLA who has launched a conflict of interest complaint against the Premier is challenging the Liberal claim its top up of the leader’s pay is publicly disclosed.
Dave Eby says Christy Clark’s 2015 MLA disclosure statement seems to be pretty vague.
“I challenge the party to produce a single publically available document that shows the Premier took between $30,000 and $50,000 a year, so over a five-year-term, between $150,000-and-$200,000 in private donations – show me one document that says that.”
In light of the top up, Eby says he will amend his complaint over cash for access fundraisers with the conflict of interest commissioner Wednesday morning.
He says it is shameful taxpayers are also on the hook for Clark’s lawyer in the complaint he has launched.