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Premier Clark to contact B.C. conflict czar over director job allegation

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says she will ask conflict of interest commissioner Paul Fraser for an opinion about her former role as a director for a company with strong ties to British Columbia's Liberals and the federal conservatives. Clark was listed as a director of RCI Pacific Gateway Education Inc., a subsidiary of Vancouver-based investment firm RCI Capital Group, which focuses on energy resources and Asia-Pacific markets.

Clark and unions agree to disagree over raising B.C.'s minimum wage

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark and British Columbia's union leaders agree to disagree when it comes to raising the minimum wage to $13 an hour. Clark and B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair emerged from a meeting Wednesday, saying they don't agree on raising the minimum wage but do agree to co-operate on hiring and training more B.C. workers. Clark says she's concerned raising the minimum wage from its current $10.25 an hour could hurt job creation, even though Sinclair says it isn't enough for people to make ends meet.

Clark says B.C. budget in the black, resource sector powers economy

VICTORIA - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark repeated her promise of a balanced budget Wednesday, less than a month before her government tables a fiscal plan that is expected to have a thin surplus. The Liberal premier staked her re-election last year in part on keeping the province's books balanced, and she told a business audience in Prince George she and her finance minister will keep that promise.

B.C. Premier Clark boasts Asian trade missions boosting forestry sector

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia's forest industry is beginning to cash in on her government's trade missions to Asia. Clark told the annual gathering of the Truck Loggers Association in Vancouver Thursday that the province exported $1.27 billion of softwood lumber to China between last January and end of November 2013. She said that's a new record and a 13 per cent increase in exports over the previous year.

B.C. Premier Clark boasts Asian trade missions boosting forestry sector

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia's forest industry is beginning to cash in on her government's trade missions to Asia. Clark told the annual gathering of the Truck Loggers Association in Vancouver Thursday that the province exported $1.27 billion of softwood lumber to China between last January and end of November 2013. She said that's a new record and a 13 per cent increase in exports over the previous year.

B.C.'s premier waters down booze in stores expectations, cites safety concerns

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. - Premier Christy Clark says she's trying to get the mix right before British Columbia permits the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores. Clark watered down the provincial appetite for alcohol sales in grocery stores during a news conference Wednesday and poured out a dozen other likely changes to B.C. liquor regulations. She also suggested beer-and-wine sales in grocery stores still needs work. Clark's Liberal government is reviewing B.C.'s liquor laws, saying rules and regulations governing alcohol require modernization.

B.C. Premier says her jobs plan on slow pace, but expects to pick up next year

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says her goal to transform British Columbia's economy into one of Canada's top job-creation engines has hit a rough patch, but she's not about to ditch her jobs plan or call it a lemon. Clark, in a year end interview with The Canadian Press, said she expects job creation to pick up next year as potential deals with liquefied natural gas companies reach the signing stage. Clark refused to call her jobs plan a failure, but admitted it's been slow going.

Premier Clark looks for non-smoking, no-pets home in new Kelowna, B.C. riding

KELOWNA, B.C. - B.C. Premier Christy Clark is making plans to set up house in her new riding of Westside-Kelowna after getting a resounding show of support from voters in Wednesday's byelection. The premier took in 62 per cent of voter support in the byelection, allowing her to enter the legislature after losing in her home riding of Vancouver-Point Grey in the May general election. In Kelowna on Thursday, Clark said she has already been on the Internet looking for a home but would also like to hear from anyone in real estate about a home that requires low maintenance.

B.C.'s Premier Clark wins Kelowna byelection to return to legislature

KELOWNA, B.C. - It's been more than 30 months of campaigning for British Columbia's Premier Christy Clark since before she was elected the Liberal Party leader in February 2011, but that marathon pace showed signs of slowing Wednesday with her decisive win in a Kelowna byelection. Clark, who has been in what appeared to be permanent campaign mode, can now really settle in to the business of governing the province.

Christy Clark under fire at Westside-Kelowna all-candidates meeting

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. - Premier Christy Clark was the target, and the main draw, Thursday night as several hundred people crowded into an all candidates forum in the Okanagan riding where the premier is seeking a byelection win that will let her return to the legislature. Voting day is set for July 10 in the Westside-Kelowna riding because the incumbent Liberal stepped down soon after the recent provincial election to create an opening for Clark, who led her Liberals to an unexpected victory but lost her own Vancouver seat.
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