Yesterday, as part of a new television advertising campaign, Premier Christy Clark said she cut the size of the province's executive council "to show respect for hard-working taxpayers like you." But how much money did Ms. Clark actually save as a result of reducing the number of cabinet ministers from 24 to 18? Well, if the executive council's structure hadn't changed, the total additional compensation paid to its members would have totalled $1,217,215.05 in this fiscal year. But that compensation will now total $957,474.60, for a savings of $259,740.45. However, those savings drop to $244,461.60 when you consider the Ms. Clark increased the number of parliamentarian secretaries from nine to 10 - each of whom receives an extra $15,278.85 on top of their basic MLA compensation.
April 4, 2011