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June 1, 2001

Double Standards and the "Taxpayers Federation"

As a taxpayer I never voted to have the Canadian Taxpayers Federation represent me. Nevertheless, they have been a constant presence in the media for the past decade, always willing to criticize the NDP. Now we have Premier-elect Gordon Campbell making his very first decision the granting of massive pay increases for deputy ministers (and all that implies for ADMs, Executive Directors, Directors, etc.). What does the Canadian Taxpayers Federation say? "...Mark Milke actually thinks it’s a good idea and says the pay hikes for the deputy ministers were overdue." (source: BCTV, June 1) Note that at the same time that Brother Mark is saying it's OK for Premier-elect Campbell to jack up pay for Deputy Ministers, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation website is decrying the pay increase for the Prime Minister.

The BC Nurse's Union votes on its pay offer June 5th. How will nurses react to "...18 to 32 per cent salary increase on their current level of pay, which ranges from $107,000 to $150,000 per year. With the increase, that range will become $134,000 to $200,000 per year."

"On top of that, there is also a 10 per cent incentive bonus the deputy ministers can earn, meaning those in the top salary range could be earning in excess of $220,000 per year." (source: BCTV, June 1, or CBC)

Premier-elect Campbell has sent a strong message about his priorities. Unfortunately, everyone has understood.



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