Clark draws fire for taking B.C. Liberal Party stipend above her salary

Political donations topping up Premier Clark’s income
WATCH: Premier Christy Clark is under fire because $50,000 worth of donations to the Liberal party has gone to her paycheque. John Daly has more on how the organization is defending its actions.

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark is drawing heat for receiving an annual stipend of up to $50,000 from British Columbia’s Liberal Party.

Both the party and an official in Clark’s office say the stipend is in addition to the premier’s annual salary of about $195,000, is a long-standing tradition in the party and former premier Gordon Campbell received $90,000 at one point.

Clark declares her premier’s allowance on her annual public disclosure documents, but the amounts are not specified.

WATCH: Should Premier Clark be paid extra to attend Liberal party fundraisers? Keith Baldrey talks about the growing controversy, and explains how Clark isn’t the first premier to have her salary topped up.
Questions raised over Christy Clark’s ‘leaders allowance’ from BC Liberal Party donations
Questions raised over Christy Clark’s ‘leaders allowance’ from BC Liberal Party donations

The premier has said she attends exclusive fundraising events organized by the B.C. Liberal Party, but does not know how much people pay to attend.

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B.C.’s conflict-of-interest commissioner is reviewing complaints from New Democrat David Eby and Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher claiming Clark is in breach of conflict laws for receiving benefits from the private, high-priced fundraisers.

Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan says Clark’s annual stipend is higher than most British Columbians earn in a year.