Metro News: NDP files complaint about B.C. Premier Clark’s ‘top-up’ to salary

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April 28, 2016 | Neal Hall

Vancouver MLA David Eby filed an amended complaint Wednesday with the conflict commissioner, claiming the premier is in a conflict of interest from the “top-up” benefits she is receiving from the Liberal Party of B.C.

Eby initially filed a complaint with the conflict commissioner on April 1, alleging that Premier Christy Clark is receiving thousands of dollars a year from the B.C. Liberal Party, in addition to her premier’s salary of almost $200,000 a year, to attend party events, including fundraising dinners that charge up to $20,000 per person.

His amended complaint adds that the premier is also in conflict by receiving a personal benefit from the Liberal party, which is paying for her lawyer to respond to Eby’s initial complaint.

“It’s totally unacceptable,” Eby told Metro on Wednesday.

The premier’s public interest appears to be in conflict with her private interests by accepting money from the B.C. Liberal party to attend fundraising events and have her lawyer paid by the party, the NDP MLA said.

The fact that the amount the premier is paid to attend party events fluctuates “appears to be more of a commission rather than a stipend,” Eby said.

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