A few thousand patrons wined and dined with the Premier tonight.
It comes off the heels of April’s findings that Christy Clark receives an annual $50,000 dollar stipend which comes from donors at BC Liberal fundraisers.
That didn’t stop the Premier from hamming it up with the attendees, sharing an exchange she had with her mom.
“She said, you know Christy, I know you talk a lot about getting to “yes” now… And she stopped for a minute and she said ‘your answer to everything was no, but don’t worry about anything sweetheart, every child has an NDP phase’.”
In her keynote speech, Premier Christy Clark heralded the province’s surging economy and job growth.
“We created 110,000 jobs last year, we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, the lowest since 1976…”
She also thanked the donors who attended.
“If you donated tonight, your name will be on a list. And not just your neighbours will see it, everybody will see that you’re a supporter of the BC Liberals. And I know that takes a lot of courage for a lot of people. And so I want to say a special thank you to you for being brave, having the courage to stand up for what you believe in.”
The Liberal party has called Clark’s salary top-up a public practice which has been in place since Gordon Campbell’s days as Premier.
But an NDP MLA Mike Farnworth didn’t think there was anything amusing about the price people were paying to rub shoulders with the Premier.
Farnworth says he’s willing to bet it’s more than small change.
“Let’s put it this way. It’ll be more than people pay for a dinner, and more than people spend in several years on what they would pay to eat out.”
“It’s unbelievable how much people are paying to sit next to the Premier. We know some people are paying as much as $25,000 to be able to bend the Premier’s ear.”
Farnworth says it’s another reminder to take big money out of politics.
In April, the NDP’s Campaign Finance Reform Act to ban big political donations was unanimously voted against by the BC Liberals.