Earlier, Public Eye reported the premier's office awarded an open-ended contract that paid out to Liberal-connected PACE Communications Group Inc. without competition. According to documentation obtained via freedom of information legislation, that contract paid out $345,425 in fees for service. But how much was PACE charging to earn that payout? The company's hourly rates was blanked out in the aforementioned documentation. But, thanks to a separate freedom of information request submitted to the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Public Eye can now report, in one instance, PACE vice-president Kathi Springer charged $100 an hour and her boss Norman Stowe charged $150 an hour. Not an unreasonable rate for consultants. But that's likely poor consolation for the public affairs bureau officers who make $34.53 an hour.
July 26, 2005