Saturday, November 19, 2005

Not a very good example

BC's MLAs - all of them - have got themselves into hot water over some fairly extravagant raises. You can read the full story here.

In terms of total dollar figures, the amounts are miniscule compared with even moderate raises given to public sector workers in the future. So I do not think the two are directly comparable. But the optics of politicians receiving raises in the range of 15% - 33% is pretty bad. I could see the politicians giving themselves large raises a few years from now after the debt of B.C. is paid off, or at least half of it paid off.

But what's the absolute worst about this matter is how both parties collaborated together to sneak this through in just a few hours. Furthermore, there must be a better process for such things. They need to have a committee that's as indpendent as possible to decide such things; a committee possibly headed up by a judge.

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