What a difference eight months can make.
Premier Christy Clark made a late night announcement on Friday saying that she’ll no longer accept a $50,000 dollar stipend from the BC Liberals, but it flies in the face of remarks she made last May on the issue.
At the time, Clark told CKNW she wasn’t rethinking or reconsidering the stipend despite an Insights West poll which found the majority of British Columbians polled had a problem with it.
“I know you’re not against it, there’s no rules against it, there’s nothing wrong with it, but are you kind of looking at this given reaction from B.C. people and saying maybe you need to kind of rethink this? What do you think?” she was asked by a reporter.
“Shane, I cannot believe you are still reporting on polls,” Clark replied.
“You didn’t answer the question. Are you rethinking the stipend? Are you looking at it?”
“No…no…no,” she answered.
But by last Friday, Clark had a different message.
“Because it’s become a real distraction, what we’re going to do instead, what I’ve asked the party to do instead is let’s get rid of it.”
The Liberal Party and an official in Clark’s office had previously called the salary top-up a tradition, dating back to former Premier Gordon Campbell last April.
Clark’s move came almost a week after a New York Times article was critical of party fundraising, something she denies the action was related to.