B.C. Liberals talk restraint but fall flat on the walk

(Victoria, 12 June 2013) – IntegrityBC is calling on the B.C. government to rescind pay increases that were approved last week for its top political staff and to refer the matter to an independent committee for review.

“In only one week, the B.C. Liberal party managed to mug senior citizens confined to wheelchairs at public extended care facilities while giving payoffs to their pals,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

The raises, approved by the outgoing cabinet, are far in excess of what most British Columbians will see on their paycheques this year and in some cases have political staff earning more than the base salary of an MLA.

Michele Cadario, the Liberal party’s deputy campaign director, who was named deputy chief of staff to the premier will see her maximum salary jump by almost 36 per cent to $195,148, an increase of $50,000.

A British Columbian earning the minimum wage of $10.25 an hour would have to work an extra 94 hours a week just to gross the increase in salary that Cadario will now take home, without taking into account the rest of her salary.

Cadario will earn more than the chief of staff to President Barack Obama did last year, and will also earn $25,000 more than her counterparts in Ontario.

Trying to justify the unjustifiable, a spokesperson for the premier’s office claimed that the total budget for political staff would fall by $30,000 from $5.741 million to $5.711 million. “Get back to us on that in a year when the final numbers are in,” Travis countered.

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For more information:

Dermod Travis, Executive Director

IntegrityBC

250-590-5126

info@integritybc.ca

 

Notes:

White House 2012 salaries: www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2012

Ontario political staff salaries: www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/publications/salarydisclosure/pssd/pdf/ministries_2012.pdf