Premier Christy Clark says she’s no longer taking a controversial $50,000 stipend from donations this year.
She made the announcement at an event renaming ‘Second Pump Peak’ to ‘Tim Jones Peak’ after the late North Shore Rescue member.
Clark says she’s changing the way she’ll claim money from the BC Liberals.
“What I’ve asked the party to do instead is let’s get rid of it. And then let’s do what I think all party leaders should do. And I would encourage the NDP to do this as well. Which is ask instead for reimbursable expenses.”
Controversy erupted after it was revealed the B.C. Liberals pay Premier Christy Clark an extra $30,000-to-$50,000 a year on top of her nearly $200,000 salary.
The money came from donations raised by the party.
When the information came to light the party said it was a “longstanding practice.”
An Insights West poll at the time found that 66 per cent of respondents thought the Premier’s salary top up was not justified.
On Friday night the Premier called the stipend a distraction but back in May, she said she wasn’t going to rethink the stipend.