The BC Government has ordered an extensive review of BC Ferries and Translink, apparently to look for savings. Even the heaps of gravy slathered over the executives and boards will not be safe from the review, which will likely result in nothing.
I’m no fan of Fat Cat public sector salaries (which are rampant), but one wonders what the government hopes to achieve by conducting a review for independent organizations that in theory don’t have to abide by any recommendations made as a result of the review.
Finance Minister Colin Hansen is quoted in the Vancouver Sun as saying, “During these challenging economic times, we must ensure that services provided to ratepayers are done so in a way that is financially sustainable and provides maximum value for all British Columbians.”
Why not do that all the time?
While this seems like a token gesture we can hope (dream) that a similar process will be used to review the performance of the fattest of the public employee cats : elected politicians. A review of our political systems to”ensure that services provided to ratepayers are done so in a way that is financially sustainable and provides maximum value for all British Columbians,” is the one thing that would be supported, nay applauded, by said ratepayers. It is also a matter that politicians could actually do something about, as they (I guess I have to start saying “we”) name their own salaries.
This built in “Cats guarding the Mouse House” system is yet another antiquated way that those holding public office are shielded from accountability, and largely regarded as the Lowest of all Life Forms.
A title which most seem content with.