Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Amateurish and sneaky" according to Palmer

According to the Liberals, Lynda Tarras, head of BC's Public Service Agency, conducted a thorough investigation into Ken Boessenkool's misconduct with another political appointee. Premier Clark's Chief of Staff was not asked to step aside while government employees of lower rank investigated his behaviour.

Vaughn Palmer of The Vancouver Sun notes that Christy Clark has not been truthful in discussing the affair.
" 'Our review immediately began and that review followed the processes that are set out and laid down by B.C.’s Public Service Agency,' she told reporters after the news broke on Sept. 24. 'All of the procedures were absolutely followed.'

"Really? Agency procedures are posted in detail on the government website. The emphasis is on putting things in writing, particularly regarding matters serious enough to warrant a resignation, as did this one. Not much about the word-of-mouth option..."
We've seen previously that senior bureaucrats who are loyal to the Liberals gain generous rewards. Lynda Tarras, she who handled a difficult personnel issue without a single written record, is one of the lucky few. In a time of supposed restraint, her salary has been growing steadily. The graph below does not reflect Tarras' expense claims, which have recently averaged about $1,000 a month.

According to a recent survey, two-thirds of British Columbians do not approve of Premier Photo Op's performance as Premier. The other one-third does not follow politics.

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  1. Time to start a Recall campaign for MLA Christy Clark!

    Why wait till May of 2013?

    1. Because she can still be Premier even if she loses her seat. We need to get rid of the whole lot of them for this to stop.

    2. I agree. It's time to stand up and say we won't stand for this sham of a democracy. At the very least, we stop paying The Dummy and the Fiberals can take care of her pay cheque.

  2. This is ridiculous. Salaries that Liberals have showered on their friends in the last 12 years have been to purchase compliance and silence. The NDP must get rid of these sell-outs and reduce salaries as soon as possible. There is just not enough money from taxpayers for these types of political games.
    Hire me, I'll clean things up.

  3. Oh, and if you're wondering about a source for all those Deputy Ministers Appointment Letters, that includes their pay scale.... they come with photos as well.

    Lynda Tarras, Head, Appointment Letter instructs her that she will continue to Report to the Deputy Minister to the Premier:

    John Dyble was appointed Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary on March 14, 2011. In this position he is also the Head of the Public Service, the largest employer in the province with over 30,000 employees and more than 200 distinct fields of occupation. Previously, Mr. Dyble was the Deputy Minister of Health Services.

    Who's running the Public Service, because in two different locations there appears to be two Heads with only one talking to the Premier, the other has been silent on the latest firing... resignation of the Chief of Staff.

  4. We have to pay handsome salaries to ensure we attract the best and the brightest. Aren't we lucky they already work for us.

  5. The growth in executive and senior staff compensation for government organizations is way out of line. Tarras's salary, over the last 5 years, has shot-up by 20% per annum. The MO for these politically appointed Poobahs not only needs to be curtailed, it needs to be reduced. The ordinary workers' increases have been constrained to less than inflation for several years, but for those at the top of pecking order have benefited from astronomical and their unrealistic compensation. Their income levels certainly does not reflect the value of their work.

  6. The only real surprise in all of this isn't the story itself. What disturbs me is the fact that people expect this kind of thing and quietly take being repeatedly screwed over by this pack of liars and thieves.

    Norm, twenty or thirty years ago people would've been out in the streets in their thousands demanding an end to the corruption and mind-boggling incomptence that characterizes our current 'government', and I use that term in the loosest possible way.

    This madness has got to stop, and BC can't afford to wait until May.

    1. Well all their hatred is directed towards the peons below them. You know the ones that belong to a union, so they are grossly overcompensated.

      The rich have managed to control the message for a couple of decades now, and guess what? It worked.

  7. Why is it that Norm is doing a far better takedown of the government than the opposition does?



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