Former public service agency deputy minister Vince Collins may have cut British Columbia's civil service by one-third. But it looks like he's been helping pick up some of the extra workload he created. As our astute readers may remember, Mr. Collins - who was also the government's merit commissioner - departed the bureaucracy in September 2003 for opportunities in the private sector. But those opportunities turned out to be more of a public-private partnership, with Mr. Collins coming back to work as hired gun for the Campbell administration. And how much money has he earned as a consultant, you may wonder?
Well, answering that question was always somewhat troublesome because he was getting paid via Western Management Consultants Inc. But in April 2004, Mr. Collins left the firm. And, according to public accounts, government transferred $408,223 to his company - Vince Collins Management Services Inc. - during the last fiscal year. Mr. Collins, who earned $179,505 as a deputy minister, hasn't responded to a request for comment on this work placed via his wife Monica, herself a company director and former senior bureaucrat. Ms. Collins was last listed in the government directory as a member of the ministry of transportation's human resources branch, working on the "Next Generation" project.