An MLA accepting a gift, kind of looks crooked.
British Columbia laws permits someone who is not a Member of the Legislature Assembly to accept gifts for the purpose of running for the Leadership of the Party. eg. Christy Clark taking over the helm from Gordon Campbell.
Christy Clark as the Leader of the Government is called the Premier even though she's not permitted to Sit until elected, but is still able to accept gifts, money for herself or on behalf of the Party.
As an elected MLA, Premier Christy Clark is now subject to Conflict of Interest decisions whereby she is NOT permitted to accept gifts, and neither can anyone else who are Members of the Legislative Assembly.
Accepting and Disclosing Gifts - A Guide for Members - The Guide
Members' Guide to Accepting Gifts During the 2010 Olympic Games
Ethics Bulletin No. 4 – Procedure on Conflict of Interest
Ethics Bulletin No. 3 – Members’ Travel
Ethics Bulletin No. 2 – Use of Constituents’ Names, Addresses, Email Addresses and Telephone Numbers for Party Political Purposes
Ethics Bulletin No. 1 – Post-Employment
Material Change Guidelines
Complimentary Memberships and Passes