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Taxpayers’ dollars at work

By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff

The majority of those who voted in the May 14th B.C. provincial election may have breathed a big sigh of relief when it was revealed that the BC Liberals’ platform of economic security had won in the end.

But now that it’s been announced that Premier Christy Clark has approved big raises for her political staff on the heels of unveiling her new cabinet, the honeymoon phase may be over.

Cabinet orders dated June 3rd pave the way for an 18 per cent increase to the maximum salary for the premier’s chief of staff, Dan Doyle, from $195,00 to $230,000. Another order provides for Clark’s new deputy chief of staff, Michele Cadario, to be paid a salary of $195,148. This, up from $144,000 a year. Maximum salaries for ministerial assistants have increased from $94,500 to $105,000.

According to Finance Minister Mike de Jong, the increases are from “reallocations from within, but the overall budget will be the same.”

What’s the NDP opposition saying? “None of these increases for political staff were included in the Liberal platform,” according to New Democrat house leader John Horgan.

Regardless if the extra money has been reallocated from within, or if it’s a paltry sum in light of the overall provincial budget, to approve six-figure salary increases immediately after an election is in exetremely poor taste.

According to the 2010 Statistic Canada census, the average family income (including couple families with or without children, and lone-parent families) is $66,970.

Most working individuals will never see an 18 per cent pay increase in their lifetime. Yet, here we have civil servants, who are already making well over the provincial average, being rewarded re-allocated funds that would better serve an under-staffed public education system or even a single, solitary family living below the poverty line.

Nicole Trigg
Email: nicole@columbiavalleypioneer.com
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Pioneer Editor Nicole Trigg came to the Columbia Valley from the West Coast, where she most recently worked for the Whistler Question and Squamish Chief newspapers, and as a Squamish-based freelancer. She is an outdoors enthusiast who loves the Columbia Valley for its abundance of lakes and rivers and its proximity to the Canadian Rockies and Purcells. Nicole grew up in North Vancouver and has an Honours BA in history and international relations from the University of British Columbia followed by a Journalism Certificate from Langara College.

2 Responses to Taxpayers’ dollars at work

  1. david R Pacey says:

    Very very poor optics on CC’s part. Not on.
    According to the talking heads, the bottom line does not change, but the optics? Again, not on Christy.

    • david R Pacey says:

      Well, I see on the news the other day, that Christy Clark has seen the light and has ” rescinded” the pay increases to the poo bahs.
      Good move Christy.
      I think some one got some bad advice from an advisor along the way, you think? More gooder and muchus better to think for our self all the time, not just in politics but in our personal and business lives and on local and world issues.

      Sooo many things to think about and so little time!!!!! Ahh, let’s go watch the telly then and forget everything eh?

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