A principle of management states that senior staff lead by example when it comes to ethics and morality. Behaviours of leaders set the values that their followers use. Another certainty is that people who know about skeletons in the closet use that knowledge for their own advantage.
Treatment accorded executives at BC Ferries, BC Hydro, BCiMC and other agencies and ministries demonstrates those principles are operative in the Liberal government. A while back, Bill Tieleman wrote about an internal government report on BC Hydro, which he said,
“must have been written in a burning glass factory, because it’s full of smoke and mirrors.”
Tieleman provided the obvious explanation about why the report was useless,
“Hardly surprising the government emerges unscathed, because the report was authored by Premier Christy Clark’s own Deputy Minister John Dyble, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s Deputy Minister Peter Milburn and Advanced Education Acting Deputy Minister Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland, B.C.’s former comptroller general.”
I thought it worth looking at whether or not the authors had enjoyed special treatment during the days of net zero. I also examined the record for Dave Nikolejsin, the senior bureaucrat managing the untendered contract referred to in my previous article. I think this graph needs no further comment.
I heard a red-neck commentator on a local radio station ranting about careless spending of a provincial social service agency. Bruce Allen would have had more credibility if he had complained about waste at all levels of government.
For example, do senior bureaucrats need to consistently spend $3,000 or so per month on expenses? John Dyble, Peter Milburn and many others do. In fact, Milburn, a Deputy in the Ministry of Finance, spent almost $5,000 a month during fiscal 2012; Dana Hayden and Rick Davis even more. Davis averaged $6,000 in monthly expenses during the last five years.