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Premier Clark fires back at Virgin boss Branson over kite-surf invite 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

B.C. Premier Christy Clark (right) and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson share a laugh on the tarmac at Vancouver International Airport Thursday. (CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark (right) and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson share a laugh on the tarmac at Vancouver International Airport Thursday. (CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)

Premier Christy Clark fired back at billionaire Richard Branson Tuesday, saying there was a lack of "respect" over a personal blog post suggesting she ride naked with the Virgin Group founder while kite surfing.

"If that's his best pickup line then maybe there's a reason he called his company Virgin," Clark jested.

"I just don't think it's very respectful. The thing is, lots of young women, I hope, want to run for politics. I think when you meet with the CEO of a billion-dollar company, who wants to do business with your province, you can get a little more respectful treatment than that."

On Monday afternoon, Branson tweeted a blog post addressed to Clark, titled, "Want a ride? Check the dress code!" Attached was a picture of Branson kite surfing at his private Caribbean retreat, with a naked young woman piggybacking him.

"I'd like to say it was hard to meet the dress code for that," Clark told reporters.


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