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)