Our readers, astute and otherwise, may remember November's MLA pay raise fiasco, wherein British Columbia's elected representatives waddled up to the public trough for a 15 percent salary hike - a feast that was ultimately cancelled due to public outrage. But questions remain as to why the legislative assembly management committee's members (who were responsible for working out the particulars of that deal) thought they could get away with such porkbarrelling. At the time of the fiasco, we were told the committee's 2005 meeting minutes - which might answer some of those questions - hadn't been approved for publication. But that approval was expected before the end of November. Now it's the New Year. And those minutes still aren't available. Which means the committee is sitting on 12 months worth of documention, detailing its secret deliberations.
January 16, 2006