Earlier, in an exclusive interview with Public Eye, independent commission to review MLA compensation member Sandra Robinson stated the three-person pay-and-pension panel changed its recommendations while she was in Europe - many of which she "doesn't agree with." Asked whether he had any concerns about those revelations, Premier Gordon Campbell - who picked the panel - told Public Eye yesterday, "I'm not going to talk about the processes the committee went through. They're all good quality individuals who did their best to present a report in the public's interest. That's what we asked them to do. And that's what they did.â€
And what about commission chair Sue Paish's suggestion that Prof. Robinson, a faculty member at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, didn't have a lot of "experience" with pension plans or the more general issue of "compensation." Does that concern him?
"I think that Ms. Robinson had some experience with regard to human resources, as was laid out in the resume she had," Premier Campbell responded. "She was recommended by a number of people who felt she had something to offer to the panel. And I think Ms. Paish has said, â€˜Yup, she had something to offer to the panel.' And so the panel has made their report and now government will act on it.â€