Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is my nomination for the bravest public servant in BC. To do her important work, she asked for a budget increase for 2011 that would fund 5 additional positions in her office. They were needed, she says, because of the high workload advocating for kids and investigating deaths and critical injuries of children in care of the province. The BC Liberal dominated committee reviewing budgets of independent officers refused the request, leaving Turpel-Lafond’s request short by $432,000.
Denying the Independent Children’s Representative money needed to conduct her business makes political sense. By the nature of the work, she often criticizes ministry officials and that is inappropriate because she forgets her main objective should be to make Children’s Minister Mary Polak look competent. Although that is not an easy task, she deserves no more money. We have more important ways to spend money than hiring 5 people just to protect children. After all, they are not ferry boats, so we have better uses of taxpayer funds. Besides which, Ms. Turpel-Lafond seems just too interested in protecting powerless people instead of those of us who live in fine houses.
David Hahn, CEO of BC Ferries joined the ferry company after presiding over liquidation of troubled Ogden Corporation’s aircraft maintenance assets. Ogden took on the new name of Covanta Energy Corp. in 2001 and filed for bankruptcy protection a year later. During the aftermath, Hahn fled to BC Ferries. According to The Tyee:
[Terry] Glavin, citing an article in the Troubled Company Reporter, says as part of his settlement upon leaving the company [Hahn] was paid a $30,000 a month consulting fee, which extended through his first year of employment at BC Ferries. In addition, he received more than $200,000 in other payments.
- 2005: + 0% = $ 526,670 or $ 10,130 weekly
- 2006: + $0.63 per hour = $ 528,070 or $ 10,155 weekly
- 2007: + 3.0 % = $ 543,913 or $ 10,460 weekly
- 2008: + 2.5 % = $ 557,510 or $ 10,721 weekly
- 2009 + 2.0 % = $ 568,661 or $ 10,936 weekly
- 5 year total = $ 2,724,914
- 2005: + 10% = $ 579,185 or $ 11,138 weekly
- 2006: + 17% = $ 677,225 or $ 13,024 weekly
- 2007: + 32% = $ 894,926 or $ 17,210 weekly
- 2008: + 20 % = $ 1,071,444 or $ 20,605 weekly
- 2009 – 8 % = $ 984,248 or $ 18,928 weekly
- 5 year total = $ 4,207,028
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