June 1, 2001
Standards and the "Taxpayers Federation"
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 its a good idea
and says the pay hikes for the deputy ministers were overdue."
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.
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."
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
BCTV, June 1, or CBC)
Campbell has sent a strong message about his priorities.
Unfortunately, everyone has understood.