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?