Gordon Campbell's former deputy minister could be paid a maximum of $230,000 each year in fees and expenses now that he's a consultant with the premier's office. According to documents obtained under freedom of information legislation, Ken Dobell - who retired in June as the provincial government's top bureaucrat - will be styled as a special advisor to the premier under a contract that will last until May 30, 2007. Mr. Dobell, who made $202,804 annually when he was a civil servant (excluding travel expenses), will be given space in the premier's Vancouver office and is authorized to purchase business-class tickets when air travel is required. His responsibilities will include advising on negotiations concerning softwood lumber duties and a funding agreement for the Port of Prince Rupert. Mr. Dobell will also provide, as required, "high level liaison" services between the government and the RAV project, as well as supporting transportation-related elements of the Campbell administration's Asia-Pacific Gateway program. A version of this article was originally published in today's edition of 24 hours. The following is a copy of Schedules A and B of Mr. Dobell's contract.
SCHEDULE A - SERVICES
1. On the following terms and under the direction of the Premier, you are appointed Special Advisor to the Premier. You will provide advice to the Premier at any time on issues where he may request such advice and undertake the following work:
a) Negotiations and discussions related to elimination or modification of the countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties on softwood lumber. In this matter, you will be advised by the Deputy Minister of Forests and Range and his staff. You will ensure effective liaison with industry as to their interests and the progress of discussions in this regard, and the Minister responsible for Forests and Range.
b) You will support the Ministry of Transportation in regard to negotiating the funding agreement for the Port of Prince Rupert, with resources provided by the Ministry of Transportation, to ensure that an effective project management structure and appropriate funding arrangements are in place.
c) You will support the Ministry of Transprotation in developing the transportation related elements of the Gateway program and the concept of a corporation to implement this program. You will participate in discussions with industry interests, other provincial governments, and the federal government to develop the program and if appropriate an ongoing structure to obtain funding and resource commitments from industry and the federal government to undertake policy analysis, develop infrastructure, and provide appropriate marketing and trade promotion programs to achieve the government's objectives to enhance status of the Pacific gateway.
d) You will provide high level liaison with the RAV project on major issues as may be required, noting that the Province is only a funder for this GVTA based project, and that day to day liaison will be carried by the Deputy Minister of Transportation.
2. All services described in this Schedule will be performed by yourself except as provided in this agreement or unless the Province otherwise approves in writing.
3. You may undertake such additional assigments as the Premier may determine and you accept within the funding limit established under this agreement. You may refuse to take on additional assignments that would put you in a conflict of interest with services that you provide to entities other than the Province.
4. Unless terminated early in accordance with this Agreement, the term of this agreement is from June 2, 2005 to May 30, 2007.
SCHEDULE B - FEES AND EXPENSES
1. You will be paid at the rate of $ s. 21 hour.
2. The Maximum Amount payable in any one year of the Term for fees and expenses shall not exceed $230,000.00.
3. You will submit your invoice for services and expenses monthly with supporting documentation.
1. Where travel is approved by the Province during the Term, the Province will where appropriate make the necessary travel arrangements directly at its cost, and otherwise reimburse you for any travel, accomodation, meal and incidental expenses incurred by you at Group 3 rate in accordance with the Financial Management Policy of the Province. Where air travel is required, business-class travel is approved. All expenses are to be supported by receipts.
2. The Province will provide you with business cards designating you as Special Advisor to the Premier.
3. The Province will provide you with limited secretarial support and space in the Vancouver Premier's office as may be reasonably necessary for the performance of these assignments, including receiving telephone calls, arranging meetings, correspondence, and maintaining the schedule and keeping relevant records for the work you have been assigned.