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."
October 28, 2010