Earlier, we reported the Campbell administration had dramatically increased the maximum payable salaries for its deputy ministers. This, depite the fact the government had said that compensation review wouldn't take place for another two years. Asked for comment, government spokesperson Richard Chambers said, "There were salary increases in 2006. Since then, a comparison with public servant leader wages across the country shows B.C.'s people have fallen behind. And, to remain competitive, action has been taken." Of course, what the government isn't saying is that falling behind merely means moving from having the fifth highest paid deputy ministers in the country to the sixth. Fancy that!
August 8, 2008