How we spend our money reflects our values, particularly for conscious choices, the ones we make after full consideration.
That occurred to me when reader Lew linked to a Jonathan Fowlie blog, B.C.’s government watchdog working among the rodents. Lew’s comment came in response to my article about David Hahn’s luxurious new offices, where the BC Ferries management team is presently conducting an internal austerity program.
For comparison, here is what Auditor General John Doyle told a Legislative budget committee:
Currently we occupy space in Bastion Square, and we have been there for 30 years. …We have little friends in the office. We’re running out of names for them. They’re about this big. There’s lots of them. We just can’t get rid of them. During the summer we had one situation where we had to evacuate the office because of the seagulls and what was coming in through the air vents, and so on. I could go on for half an hour.
It is no surprise that folks in government care little about the comforts of the Auditor General. After all, he is far less important than he would be as a fourth Executive Vice President at BC Ferries. Of course, the compensation figures bear that out: