In the article More Energy Ministry duplicity, I wrote:
Deputy Minister Dave Nikolejsin’s employment cost taxpayers almost $350,000 in the last fiscal year, including $90,255 in expenses, an amount that was more than $25,000 higher than any other DM or ADM.
How does one bureaucrat spend near $2,000 a week on expenses?
Since this public servant appeared to have spent much time away from his office, I chose to look a little more thoroughly at Nikolejsin’s travel expenses. The table below is for the last two calendar years.
We should note that his average monthly spending after the Horgan Government took office is half what it was in the preceding 19 months.
It appears the amounts reported as travel expenses are for movements outside of Victoria and would not include entertainment, meals, greens fees, club expenses and other payments.
While we can look at travel expenses, the BC Government believes in less than a full degree of transparency in personnel spending. Just try to get information on the very generous pensions offered BC’s most senior public servants.