Round-Up: August 13th

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
There has been a lot of press lately on the large pay raises for provincial public servants in British Columbia. Most of it talks about how it shows a deep disconnect between the taxpayers and their government. However I came across this piece written by Keith Baldrey that presented some good points about raising pay for senior civil servants. Here is my favorite excerpt:

Now, I don't have any problem with paying our senior civil servants big bucks. I know a lot of them - some of them for more than 10 years - and I have to say I have enormous respect for their talents and abilities.

I have little time for those who whine and complain and compare the wages of, say, cafeteria workers or taxi drivers with those in charge of managing a $30 billion-plus corporation as if they are on some sort of equal playing field.

And I think people who subscribe to the lame view that civil servants are by nature lazy, useless or obstructionist can more accurately apply those terms to themselves.

As always I encourage you to check out the whole article.