Thursday, April 28, 2016

BC Premier Salary - Civic Salaries Comparison

 Globe and mail christy clark
According to an article in the Globe and Mail BC's Premier is receiving funds from the Liberal party in addition to her salary as Premier of the province.

"Premier Christy Clark is paid tens of thousands of dollars each year by the BC Liberal Party – an income that is drawn from coffers infused by donor contributions and is in addition to the nearly $200,000 she earns annually as the head of government.

The Globe and Mail has learned that Ms. Clark is given between $30,000 and $50,000 a year from the BC Liberal Party for work she does for it throughout the year, including attending fundraising events."

Municipal Management Salaries Are Out Of Control

While many folk are up in arms over the revelation that the Premier of the province is also being paid between $30K-$50K for her part in raising funds for the party, it is notable that even then, she was not earning what we were paying our recent city manager, Mr. Swabey.

The Globe article says the Premier earned nearly $200,000 as head of government, the figure I have been able to find is actually $195,468.00. Even with a full $50,000 from her party she would be making about the same as we were paying Mr. Swabey in 2014.

A few city of Nanaimo salaries being paid to management in the year 2014:

Mr. Ted Swabey $231,356

Mr. Tom Hickey $190,289

Mr. Ian Howatt $189,486

Remember, those were from the 2014 SOFI report and are undoubtedly on the low side as I am sure each of them enjoyed a further increase in the year 2015. 

I doubt if anyone would argue that our Premier should be paid more than she currently is receiving but you have to wonder if our senior civic bureaucrats aren't due for a pay review, as they do seem to have gotten seriously out of control in recent years. As a passing comparison the city manager of little old Ladysmith, just down the road in 2014 was paid $154,559.

Perhaps the upcoming Core Services Review will afford the tax paying public the opportunity to offer their input as to what kind of wages are fair to be paid for those charged with running our beloved city. A comparison with the private sector for comparable work and qualifications might be enlightening.


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