Review demanded over government exec pay 0
TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis makes $100,000 a year more than his New York City counterpart. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
A comprehensive review of all government executive compensation is needed to stop self-referencing when determining salaries, says a B.C. watchdog group.
Dermod Travis at IntegrityBC said recent media reports comparing what the province’s executives earn to run Crown corporations with similar positions elsewhere highlighted the need for such a review.
Among the massive salaries are TransLink’s CEO, Ian Jarvis, who makes $100,000 a year more than his New York City counterpart, and BC Ferries president Mike Corrigan, who makes double the salary of the person doing the same job in Washington State.
Government officials often say the pay scales are needed to attract top talent, but Travis said the salaries appear to be based on comparisons with other provincial executives, not the private sector.
“There is no methodology that I can determine to the salaries that are getting given to some of the executives at Crown corps,” said Travis. “So you do have this self-referencing that goes on and it will be a continuous escalation of salaries until somebody brings the beast under control.”
The province said it conducted such a review, pointing to a July 2012 release as its response explaining it had reduced executive compensation 5.4% from 2010 to 2012.
“The province has also established new policy on executive compensation in Crown corporations, aiming to attract and retain skilled leadership, but at an affordable cost to taxpayers and ratepayers,” said the release.
But Travis said that’s not good enough and he wants a full review completed.
"The policy doesn't address whether the salaries were appropriate in the first place,” he said. “Do we need 360 Crown corporation executives earning enough to put them in the top one per cent of all income earners in Canada?”