Dix grills Premier Clark over undisclosed post at private firm

"Did the Premier forget that she was the founding chair of this company?" BC NDP Opposition leader Adrian Dix asks Premier Clark why she claimed not to have ties to a company she once served as a chairperson. 

Premier Christy Clark, left, BC NDP Opposition leader Adrian Dix, right
The BC NDP Opposition leader Adrian Dix lobbed sharp questions at Premier Christy Clark yesterday over news that she once chaired a BC company with BC Liberal and federal Conservative ties, which she continued to promote after she returned to public office.
 
During her break from politics, Clark had signed on as chairwoman of RCI Pacific Gateway Education Inc, a wholly-owned subsidy of RCI Capital Group, an investment group with strong federal Conservative and BC Liberal ties. Vancouver Observer correspondent Matthew Millar broke the story on Wednesday, a week after breaking news that Clark used to work for her ex-husband's consulting firm, which lobbied for Enbridge in 2005 and 2006. 
 
"Part of what's troubling about this story in the National Post today is that the Premier made claims that simply didn't turn out to be the case when confronted by the facts," Dix said on Thursday, highlighting the mismatch between the Premier's claims and her actual position with the company. Dix questioned why Clark said she didn't have any relationship with RCI Capital or its CEO John Park, while documents show she was chairing RCI Pacific Gateway Education. 


Screenshot of register of directors for RCI subsidiary
 
 
"Did the Premier forget that she was the founding chair of this company?" he asked. 

Corporate registry documents that showed that Clark was still listed as a director when RCI Pacific Gateway Education dissolved in May 2011 for failing to file financial forms. That year, Clark had returned to politics and won BC Liberal leadership in February. 
 
Clark had signed a contract in 2007 offering her $20,000 bonus if UBC or UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College executed a plan to recruit affluent international students through RCI. The agreement says an additional $10,000 bonus would be paid on any additional contractual agreements between the company and other Canadian public post secondary institutions. 

But the Premier denied she was ever actually paid by the paid by RCI Pacific Gateway Education. She added that she did not get deeply involved because the business was not successful.

No payment accepted: Clark

"No, I didn't forget the honorary chair position," the Premier fired back at Dix.
"I never did any work for the company, however. As far as I understand, it never really got off the ground. I was never paid by them."  

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