Update: Premier in Delta for chamber meeting

Christy Clark answers reporters' questions on increased spending in her office, but makes ducks media following the event

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is greeted by Delta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peter Roaf prior to her town hall luncheon meeting Friday (Aug. 3) at the Delta Town & Country Inn.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark stopped briefly to address reporters on her way into a women’s-only town hall luncheon and meeting at the Delta Town & Country Inn Friday (Aug. 3) afternoon.

Clark was asked about the significant rise in spending in the premier’s office that included dining out at some of Vancouver’s plush restaurants.

She said some of the spending was attributed to hosting other premiers who were in town for meetings.

At the entrance to the hotel’s parking lot small group of protesters from the Musqueam First Nation carried signs calling for the protection of a midden in the Marpole area of South Vancouver that is slated for development.

Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird, who is attending the luncheon, greeted the group and said, “All of our heritage should be protected as much as possible.”

Inside the meeting Clark joked that it was, “Nice to be here in Delta where women are running the show. We’re taking over, ladies.”

During a question and answer session with those at the luncheon, the premier was asked asked about cuts to education. Clark said $200 is million going into a learning fund for special needs education this fall.

At the conclusion of the event Clark left by a back door, avoiding the media who were barred from attending.

The quick exit prompted a heated exchange between some reporters and the premier’s handlers.

Clark is expected to meet later this afternoon with Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford at the Ladner headquarters to discuss local policing issues .

Stay with the South Delta Leader for continuing coverage of the premier’s visit.

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