Partnerships British Columbia's chief executive officer Larry Blain has been skewered and roasted by the press for his exorbitant salary, which came in at $519,448 in fiscal 2004-05. But, last month, during his presentation to the select standing committee on Crown corporations, Partnerships British Columbia chair Rick Mahler told legislators the government-owned company does "extensive reviews by third-party consultants to ensure that our salaries are in keeping with industry standards." And what do those reviews say, you may wonder? Well, to answer that question we filed a freedom of information request asking for copies of those reviews. But, according to a letter from the government-owned company, we might not get a chance to see them because they "contain information that may affect the interests of another business.â€ Fancy that! Partnerships British Columbia says it will make a final decision about whether it can disclose the records by February 15 - after consulting with the business affected.
January 17, 2007