Recipe for corruption

The Times and Trashscript is running a CP article today about Premier Lord’s large party salary:

The Tory party has come under fire from a national democracy watchdog group for the payment to both Lord ($60,000) and a $10,000 payment to Oromocto-Gagetown member of the legislature Jody Carr for his work in 2005 as caucus chair.

Ottawa-based Democracy Watch says the payments are a “recipe for corruption” because it raises the question of whether politicians are then beholden to party members.

I have to admit I never gave this a second thought before but now after reflection, there may be a point. To earn $60,000 directly from the party could be perceived as him doing things beyond his mandate as Premier. It’s a fine line but the Premier and the party are two different things.