Earlier today, in a scrum, provincial Liberal Whip Randy Hawes defended last week's MLA pay hike saying, "I don't think that what we did was unjustified." Nothing surprising there. After all, Mr. Hawes is a member of the legislative assembly management committee - the body principally responsible for negotiating that hike. But what is interesting is that Mr. Hawes is also a member of the so-called "31 percent club" - the MLAs who would receive the biggest pay raises from Bill 17. Others in that exclusive clubhouse include Liberal and New Democrat caucus chairs Gordon Hogg and Jenny Kwan, as well as New Democrat House Leader Mike Farnworth. And guess what - they just so happen to be members of the legislative assembly management committee too (a point made by pundit David Schreck on Public Eye Radio this weekend). Speaker of the House Bill Barisoff and Liberal House Leader Mike de Jong also sit on that committee.
November 21, 2005