B.C. conflict commissioner clears Christy Clark again

Watchdog clears premier on second complaint involving Westside-Kelowna fundraising event

Premier Christy Clark has been cleared for a second time on conflict of interest allegations connected to party fundraising events.

Conflict commissioner Paul Fraser says he found nothing compellingly different in the most recent conflict complaint filed against the premier by Opposition New Democrat David Eby than he did in Eby’s first complaint filed in April.

Eby asked Fraser to reopen his original ruling after Clark attended a fundraising event in her Kelowna riding last September in which a donor paid $10,000 to attend.

Last May, Fraser ruled exclusive fundraising events and a stipend paid to Clark by the Liberal party are not conflicts because they do not amount to a private interest.

He says Eby’s most recent concern that Clark benefited from the $10,000 donation did not amount to a personal benefit because the money went to her Westside-Kelowna riding association.

Fraser’s ruling says he now considers the matter closed.

The Canadian Press