Party liaison didn't know about Sihota's stipend

The liaison between the British Columbia New Democratic Party and the opposition caucus has said he only found out president Moe Sihota was being paid a stipend in October. According to him, that's ten months after the party's table officers approved the stipend - just after the New Democrats' biennial convention. In an interview with Public Eye, Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert also said he wasn't at the meeting where that decision was made. But, he said, "I wondered why I hadn't heard earlier...From what I've pieced together, (because) there was a new executive, new officers and people in a couple positions, communications which I would normally have been made aware of I wasn't in this case." Mr. Chandra Herbert added the party's table officers "made a decision that a full-time president made sense for the party given the number of hours that such a position can take." Earlier this month, the party confirmed it was paying Mr. Sihota a stipend using a "generous, earmarked gift from the labour movement."

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