I wonder if Province political columnist Michael Smyth spends only some of his time in this province and the rest on an isolated beach of Molokai. Occasionally, he seems plain ignorant of what’s going on in British Columbia.
Today he applies his frequent smartass style to provincial court judges. I don’t mind the style or him taking a run at judges but I object to Smyth’s inexcusable inaccuracies.
Judges’ demand for more pay seems a tad dishonourable:
.… Are B.C. judges such an elite breed of public servant that they deserve a handsome raise, additional gilding of their already gold-plated pensions and expanded fringe benefits?
Or should these bellyachers of the bench just suck it up, stop their judicial whining and choke down a big fat zero like everybody else?
Michael. Everybody else?
Two weeks ago, Gordon Hoekstra of the Vancouver Sun added emphasis to what I began writing months ago.
Big salaries climb for B.C. public servants in health authorities:
The number of public servants making a six-figure salary has jumped significantly at health authorities, according to The Vancouver Sun’s fourth annual public-servant salary database.
B.C.’s five regional health authorities, and the Provincial Health Services Authority which oversees Children’s and Women’s Health Centre and the BC Cancer Agency, saw a 13 per cent increase in 2010 in those being paid $100,000 or more over 2009.
In fact, in the four years The Sun has been tabulating the database, the number of public servants at health authorities making six-figure salaries has almost doubled, from 1,655 in 2007 to 3,221 in 2010.
The Northern Health Authority led the way with a 34 per cent increase in six-figure salaries in 2010 (217) from 2009 (162).
The Vancouver Island Health Authority saw a 24 per cent increase year-over-year to 382 from 307, while the Fraser Health Authority saw a 22 per cent increase to 855 from 703…
At the BC Investment Management Corporation in 2011, three executives averaged monthly increases of $3,800 over their 2010 remuneration. Hardly net zero, eh?