Budget & Estimate Disasters

Poor people are economic stimulators for a few

Now that Mr. Oppal has delivered his report, let’s ask whether the $9 million spent on Wally and friends was worthwhile.

Oppal has been charging $1,500 a day. According to CTV four months ago:

Senior commission counsel Art Vertlieb charged the province $483,741, while first-year lawyer Jessica McKeachie – who was hired to do research for the inquiry – has billed $203,134.

Now, that’s a dream job for a first year lawyer. I’m old but my first year in accounting after university paid $3,900.

Poor people are real economic stimulators, aren’t they.

Just to keep things in perspective, I checked with an operator and discovered that a 25-passenger bus with two drivers could shuttle from Prince George to Prince Rupert and back three times a week at a yearly cost of about $220,000. That’s cost, no operator mark-up but it would change things on the Highway of Tears. (Even cheaper if we brought in drivers from Mexico or China.)

How many lives would that save?

3 replies »

  1. Let's not leave out Art's Commissions-Combined-Chunks-of-Change:

    Senior commission counsel Art Vertlieb has charged B.C. $1,196,250 for his work at the Braidwood and Oppal inquiries.

    Here's the CV's for Counsel at the Braidwood Commission

    Art Vertlieb, QC, Commission Counsel

    Patrick McGowan, Associate Commission Counsel

    Sharon Samuels, Research Counsel

    Keith R. Hamilton, Policy Counsel


  2. What law firm(s) are the lawyers from, and how much money did they give to the BC Liberal party?

    (for some reason, it always comes back to this)


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