It seems that it truly is a Families First agenda for Premier Christy Clark. That is if the family is closely connected to the BC Liberal Party.
Here are just a few of the partisan insider appointments and contracts that have been handed out by the Liberals under Premier Clark:
· Athana Mentzelopoulos: Was a bridesmaid at the premier’s wedding. She has since been appointed deputy minister for corporate priorities (Globe and Mail, Aug. 5, 2011) where she will likely make more than $200,000 a year. She was previously B.C. deputy minister of intergovernmental relations, replacing Andrew Wilkinson, the former B.C. Liberal party president. (Georgia Straight, June 3, 2004)
· Nathan Bauder: Was a local organizer for Premier Clark’s successful leadership campaign. Was appointed to the Passenger Transportation Board, a part time position that paid $35,625 for the equivalent of 57 full days of work in fiscal 2010/11. Bauder has since stepped down due to allegations that he falsified documents. (Globe and Mail, Aug. 4, 2011)
· Kareem Allam: Was the deputy campaign manager for Kevin Falcon’s failed leadership bid. His company was secretly awarded a contract to work on the Liberals’ pro-HST campaign, worth about $46,000. (Public Eye Online, Aug. 3, 2011)
· Marc Andrew : Was a senior aide to former Finance Minister Colin Hansen, who introduced the HST. He was awarded a secret contract to provide “political analysis” to Tom Syer, the head of the HST information office. The contract, which was never tendered, paid out $33,433.30. (Public Eye Online, July 26, 2011)
· Campaign Research Inc.: This company worked on cabinet minister George Abbott’s unsuccessful campaign for the Liberal leadership. It was awarded a contract for $167,800 to conduct the Liberals’ pro-HST town halls. (Public Eye Online, July 26, 2011)
· Judy Kirk: This former executive director of the Liberal caucus heads up Kirk and Co. Consulting Ltd., a firm that was awarded a secret contract worth up to $25,000 to provide the Liberals’ hand-picked HST panel with media and public relations advice. (Public Eye Online, July 26, 2011)
Families First. Absolutely. If you are a member of the BC Liberal Family.