Remember that crony appointment of Justin Trudeau and Gerald Butts' friend and former failed Liberal candidate, Rana Sarkar, as San Francisco’s Consul General for nearly a quarter of a million per year?
Nothing screams working for the middle class like giving your Liberal buddy a job on the taxpayer dime for DOUBLE what the position normally pays.
And what must all the female consuls and ambassadors around the world have been thinking when our self-described feminist Prime Minister set Sarkar’s salary at a range of $221,000 to $260,000 instead of the usual $119,000 to $140,000?
Indeed, Sarkar is one of Canada's highest paid diplomats in the foreign service, but this also appears to be a trend. A CTV News story over the summer pointed out that numerous ambassadors and consuls appointed by the Trudeau Liberals are earning salaries that exceed recommended ranges, though Sarkar's does appear to be the most egregious.
After public outcry, Butts defended his good friend’s bloated salary on Twitter, saying that people like Sarkar "took substantial reductions in their income to serve their country" and claiming ”Rana Sarkar's salary as CG is completely in line with those other appointments from the private sector."
Sorry, but it's understood that if you're successful in the private sector, a move to public service will result in a pay cut.
At The Rebel, when we have questions, we do what few other media bother to do in order to get answers. So, we filed an Access to Information Request to get a peak into the inner workings of Sarkar's appointment and a sense of just how nice life must be as a limousine Liberal.
"Copies of all documents, including e-mails, text or Instant messages, memos, briefing notes, media lines, etc., regarding the appointment of Rana Sarkar as Consul General for San Francisco, since January 1, 2017.”
Watch as I show you what we found, including right away on page one, that Justin Trudeau personally signed off on this appointment and the salary.
We've reached out to Global Affairs to clarify who approved allocating a salary well beyond the suggested range, and we'll let you know should they respond.
It's easy to begrudge people their high salaries, and really, that’s a tactic for the left, but in the case of cushy political appointments where there are close ties to the political elites, a closer look is warranted.