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Pamela Martin jumps from premier's office to party

Pamela Martin, the former TV news anchor who landed a $130,000-a-year job in the premier's office, has left to join the B.C. Liberal Party. Martin departed the premier's office Sept. 13-- though no official announcement was made at the time.

Pamela Martin, the former TV news anchor who landed a $130,000-a-year job in the premier's office, has left to join the B.C. Liberal Party.

Martin departed the premier's office Sept. 13-- though no official announcement was made at the time. She's now the Liberal party's director of engagement.

The former journalist had parlayed an early endorsement of Christy Clark's leadership bid into a job as director of engagement in the premier's office after Clark won the Liberal leadership in 2011.

Critics were quick to attack Martin's hefty salary and call it a patronage appointment.

Like many in the premier's office, Martin took a leave from her taxpayer-paid government job in order to campaign for Clark during the May provincial election. She hosted a quasi-news broadcast of major Liberal announcements on YouTube.

A spokesman in the premier's office said Martin has not been replaced, but any future staff announcements would be made public.