July 27, 2015

BC taxpayers pay TransLink CEO an extra $14,500 a year NOT to take TransLink to work

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

British Columbia citizens overwhelmingly voted against a tax hike that would have handed even more millions to TransLink, the big spending government transit system. But now there is a new chapter in the story.

Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation led the successful grassroots campaign that saw the tax hike defeated in a landslide.

He explains what's going on now in the TransLink "corner offices":

In the middle of the tax-hike campaign, TransLink demoted CEO Ian Jarvis -- but they are still paying him his $400,000 salary.

Meanwhile, they're paying the acting TransLink CEO $35,000 a month!

Plus TransLink is advertising for a new CEO, and according to the "help wanted" ad, that generous pay structure will stay the same. 

This is the same government monopoly that "needed" extra taxpayer millions?

Jordan tells us about the many fancy "perks" that come on top of the CEO's $400,000 annual salary, that all comes out of B.C. taxpayers' pockets.


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commented 2015-07-29 02:33:30 -0400
Liza, as a conservative I have been praying for that for a long time.
commented 2015-07-28 12:55:24 -0400
“Pull you head out of the sand and stand up to these freaks”, good advice, but how does anybody stand up to these government corporation’s? Another comment was, " TransLink and BC Ferries are prime examples of this". ICBC should definitely be added to that list, they are in the top three maybe even number one or two.
But here is the thing about standing up to these freaks, people have no choice but to use BC Ferries if they want to travel between Vancouver Island and the Mainland, and vice versa. If you live in BC then you have no choice but to buy your auto insurance from ICBC. TransLink is mainly a Hongcouver problem not directly affecting anyone outside of Hongcouver, but I am sure that in the city there are many that do not own cars who depend on TransLink.
So, are these corporations run by crooks? Yes, Yes and double Yes, but how do you ‘stand up to them’? People are forced to pay the high fees associated with every one of these services and other government corporations or don’t use them. In the case of the first two mentioned above, you have no choice. I cannot rightly speak about TransLink because I do not live in Honcouver and so am not affected by them in any direct way.
One way to stand up to them is at election time. Well anyone that followed the last election will know that we in BC had two, that’s 2 choices. The governing Liberals under Christie Clarke and the NDP. Well again if anyone followed the election you will know that the NDP were defeated even though they were leading in the polls.
Christie Clarke, although hated by many, was the cleanest dirty sock in the basket and therefore was elected.
We do not have a strong third party or even a semi strong third party in BC, at least not at that time or yet.
Can anyone imagine where we in BC would be if the NDP would have won? But they didn’t and I like a lot of other voters thought that Christie would do something about the money sucking corporations, however after being elected she did nothing and still has not.
The only saving grace is that she is not like Wynne or Notley. Small blessing, but still.
But the question remains, "how do you stand up to these freaks’?
commented 2015-07-28 12:38:16 -0400
Lefties rewarding Lefties with taxpayer money. So what else is new?
commented 2015-07-28 10:35:12 -0400
This will keep happening in B.C. for the rest of time. The average person there is so reliant on the government to is sickening. The average person in the government job is the laziest in the planet. They take and take and take. It is the fault of the public in that province, they didn’t use that brain in their head. So they are going to have to live with this type of shit until they finally wake up. Sorry for not feeling sorry B.C… This type of shit is the main reason I left B.C. in the late 80’s. Pull your head out of the sand and stand up to these freaks.
commented 2015-07-28 02:16:00 -0400
Why are you so surprised —Liza? I am from Ontario, and we are so used to getting reamed up the ass for a billion here or there, that our sphincters close when we hear about BC and few million. .
commented 2015-07-28 02:02:28 -0400
Liza… It has been unchecked insanity at government crown corporations for decades now in B.C…. (I know because I worked for them in the 70s and 80s…) So called “severance packages” are goldmines for blow-hards and under-achievers on the public’s purse… TransLink and B.C. Ferries are prime examples of this scam and most B.C. agencies are the same unless you are dismissed “for cause”… You cannot “lose” once you are hired by your favourite political party!… These B.C. agencies are rampant and infested with smooth-talkers, obfuscators, and spin-doctors who are rarely held to account for their blatant lies…
commented 2015-07-28 00:51:31 -0400
I’m surprised how few comment on the translink fiasco in BC.
commented 2015-07-27 21:10:59 -0400
It’s news stories like this that’s winning back the trustworthiness lost from the stuffy old corporate news media with it’s outdated and out of touch editorial policies – Good Job The Rebel Media!
commented 2015-07-27 20:43:21 -0400
Is it any wonder nobody voted to give them more to flush!! This pillaging of the taxpayers purse has been going on for far too long in B.C. No self respecting politician (almost an oxymoron?) would allow this to continue. Christie, people are coming to the end of their rope, and if a decent conservative showed up, you would be out of a job. I wish B.C. would get their collective heads out of their butts.