Two local ex-MLAs have been appointed to new jobs by Premier Christy Clark.
Former and longtime Chilliwack MLA John Les was named chair of the B.C. Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) for a three-year term.
The BCFIRB is an administrative tribunal that, among other things, supervises commodity boards, hears appeals related to B.C. SPCA animal custody decisions and hears farm practices complaints.
The job pays a per diem of $625 for a maximum of 96 days, meaning Les could make $60,000 annually for the part-time job.
At the same time, former Chilliwack-Hope NDP MLA Gwen O'Mahony, who served the constituency for just a year, was named to the board of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
The position has no salary or per diem.
The Les posting was one of three by Clark on Monday that the NDP called part of a "friends first" policy.
"Former Liberal MLA and Premier Clark's parliamentary secretary John Les, failed Burnaby-Lougheed Liberal candidate Ken Kramer, and Clark's 11th hour election endorser Gordon Wilson were all given taxpayer-funded positions," NDP international trade critic Bruce Ralston said in a press release. "Meanwhile, the premier continues to neglect skills training for the LNG industry, putting development at risk."
The appointment that garnered the most attention was for former Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart who stepped aside after Clark lost her Vancouverarea seat to the NDP.
Stewart was named B.C.'s new Asia trade commission, a job that pays approximately $150,000.
The NDP's Ralston cautiously praised the bipartisan appointment of O'Mahony to the UFV board.
"If this is meant to take the sting out of the appointment of Mr. Stewart, I think it hardly does that," he said.
-with files from the Victoria Times Colonist
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