Bonus material

British Columbia isn't following Quebec's lead by suspending incentive payments for top bureaucrats. Two months ago, the Charest administration introduced legislation to do just that, saving $68 million over the next two years. That decision affected senior executives and management personnel across the public sector, including those at the province's Crown corporations. In a news release, the ministers responsible said it was made in response to "concerns raised by the public in recent weeks about the need for everyone to contribute to the effort to reduce public spending." But a British Columbia government spokesperson has confirmed no similar measures are being taken in this province, where 14 of the public sector's highest paid executives received $100,000 or more in incentive payments in the past fiscal year across to recently released compensation disclosure statements. However, the Campbell administration has frozen the salary ranges for non-unionized employees for the next two years. The following is a complete list of the aforementioned 14 executives.

BC Hydro Corp.

Bob Elton, chief executive officer ($107,936)
Bev Van Ruyven, deputy chief executive officer ($124,928)
Charles Reid, chief financial officer ($101,530)
Chris O'Riley, engineering, aboriginal relations and generation senior vice-president ($103,224)


Bechard, managing director ($300,000)

BC Pavilion Corp.

Warren Buckley, president and chief executive officer ($100,000)
Ken Cretney, convention centre general manager ($100,000)

British Columbia Securities Commission

Brenda Leong, chair ($125,853)
Brent Aitken, vice chair ($122,267)

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Jon Schubert, president and chief executive officer ($115,500)
Geri Prior, chief financial officer ($145,308)
Craig Horton, senior vice president claims ($122,382)
Donnie Wing, senior vice president insurance, marketing and underwriting ($100,381)

Partnerships British Columbia

Larry Blain, chief executive officer ($118,250)


BC Ferries is missing.

Surprised? Going without is for the "little people" not the elite. They will take as much as they can get for as long as they can get it.

I think we need to put the size of these bonuses into perspective. A bonus of $100,000 or more is 6 times what a person earning BC's minimum wage of $8.00 per hour, full time. The government states that the average wage in BC is $22.00 per hour, which means that a bonus of $100,000 is more than double what a person can make working full time.

I'm sure the people that stand in line each week at their local foodbank will be happy to know these people will not have to join them anytime soon.

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