The Premier is brushing off a criminal charge in the ethnic outreach scandal.
Christy Clark seems to be taking the position this closes the door on the scandal and also didn’t seem to think it would cost her come election time.
“It was information that people had before the last election. It may have affected people’s votes then I suppose if it did it would now. I am glad it is over. I am glad the decision has been made and he can get on with it. Remember though that nothing that came out in the report from the special prosecutor was inconsistent with what already came out in the full investigation done three years ago.”
Elections Act charges have been stayed against former government official Brian Bonney, and former BC Liberal Party staffer Mark Robertson.
However Bonney is now facing a new criminal charge of breach of trust.
Clark dismisses new poll where majority of British Columbians want to see party-paid stipend scrapped
The Premier is also dismissing a new poll, which claims to show a majority of British Columbians including many whom support her party want to see her party-paid stipend scrapped.
When asked if the reaction from people to her party paid stipend is causing her to rethink the practice Christy Clark first deflected then dismissed the idea outright.
“Shane, I cannot believe you are still reporting on polls. This guy has been around for like a hundred years and he is still reporting on polls. Anything else? ”
“You didn’t answer the question. Are you rethinking the stipend? Are you looking at it?”
Clark, like Gordon Campbell before her, declares the stipend annually but not an exact dollar figure.
Taxpayers pay the Premier almost $200,000 a year.
A few weeks ago, we learned the BC Liberal party tops up her salary, with last years stipend being $50,000.