The province spent over $5,000 for a photographer assigned to cover Premier Christy Clark’s trip to the UN Climate Conference last November.
Now, the government is defending that use of taxpayer dollars.
The province says that work – paid to what they call a ‘government visual communications officer’ – was important to document announcements and events through photo, video, and social media.
Critic says photographer was completely unnecessary
It’s an amount of spending not sitting right with NDP labour critic Shane Simpson, who wants to know why the Premier needed a photographer on an overseas trip.
“There was no shortage of media in Paris, including the fair amount of Canadian media. Media are always happy to speak to the Premier, I know that, and I’m sure they would’ve been happy to cover anything that she had to say that was significant.”
Simpson says he scoffed at the total bill.
“I don’t think this has been justified in any way, shape, or form, to be spending that kind of money. It’s just another example of the Premier being out of touch with the priorities of the people of the province.
When asked what the BC NDP would’ve done…
“I don’t know, because it’s not an NDP leader. This Premier’s been in power for four years and she’s accountable for her actions.”
For it’s part, the province says their two “visual communications employees” have produced over 7,000 photos and 447 videos that have generated over a million views on YouTube over the last year.
That three-day trip to Paris cost B.C. taxpayers $5,300.