Christy Clark and her Liberal government always say there is no taxpayer money when bargaining with teachers or other unions, but always have wads of money to line their own pockets.
B.C.’s teachers and many provincial government workers might have been forced to accept “net-zero” contracts, but several staffers working for premier Christy Clark and other cabinet ministers have received substantial salary increases.
A Freedom of Information request show that nearly half of 34 ministerial employees who were named received a raise in the past year with an average 10-per-cent increase.
The lowest increase was six per cent, the documents show.
One executive assistant in Clark’s office saw her salary jump from $51,300 to $61,560, a 20-per-cent hike. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-liberals-accused-of-salary-double-standard-1.1263273
Considering the Liberals spend about 18 days in the legislature each yearly session that’s pretty good pay for an executive office assistant. But then maybe the job entails traveling around the province, country, or the world as part of Christy’s team. Maybe that’s part of the reason government credit-card expenses are so high under Christy Clark.
The disturbing revelations of Auditor General John Doyles audit, this link in the Public Accounts for the financial year ended March,2012 will give you an idea of larger sums for staff, and suppliers -both Liberal and NDP.
But those figures pale beside the data on government credit-card spending in 2012. Take a look at the credit card spending for the fiscal year ending 2012….http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/ocg/pa/11_12/Purchasing_Card.pdf and indeed you will find much more information on how the Christy Clark and her BC Liberals spend tax dollars on themselves – much more alcohol, gifts, jewellery, trips and events,favours, treats, dinners,tickets….. you name it, government is paying for it… and all on the taxpayers dime.
In total,the Office of the Premier’s credit card expenditures in the fiscal year ending March 31st 2012 were… are you ready for this?
Under Christy Clark, the office of the premier has had more than a 100% increase from the dearly departed Campbell, who in 2010/2011… spent a mere $205,139.95 in his last ( not even) year in the premiers office.
If you still think Christy Clark and her BC Liberals are refusing to negotiate fairly with BC teachers because Clark and Fassbender are protecting taxpayers, then take a look at the purchases in this link,http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/ocg/pa/11_12/Purchasing_Card.pdf and the one to Legislative expenses http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/ocg/pa/11_12/Legislative_Assembly.pdf and ask yourself if this government is working with the best interest of the public they serve… or if they are working to serve themselves.
Christy Clark spent $15million taxpayers dollars on partisan government ads on the very unsuccessful BC Jobs Plan….http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/11/20/BC-Liberals-Ads/ …. all while claiming she controlled government spending. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-party-leaders-spar-over-pipelines-balanced-budgets-in-radio-debate/article11578970/?service=mobile
While claiming to have reigned in government spending, under Christy Clarks leadership the BC Liberals added $11 Billion dollars to the provincial debt and obligations. http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/04/22/highs-of-liquified-natural-gas-a-fiscal-downer
Sorry Christy, but I have a hard time believing anything you say. One thing I do know; the BC Liberals have tons of money to spend on themselves. And don’t get me started on those wonderful pensions you voted for yourselves.