Last week, Liberals were under fire for hiring their friend Rana Sarkar as San Francisco's Consul General at nearly double the salary.
His qualifications for the job aren’t at issue. The question was whether he was being overcompensated because he’s friends with Gerald Butts and Justin Trudeau.
The official salary range is $140,700 at the high end, but Sarkar stands to make $260,300.
Now the union representing diplomats have weighed in noting that this double salary could be used at the bargaining table for those earning less.
It could also be used for new hires since Sarkar is one of the most junior diplomats on the roster.
Consider the consequences should every diplomat and every new employee begin raking in more money by using the Sarkar effect as a negotiating tool?
Gerald Butts defended Sarkar’s pay in a series of 15 tweets suggesting he was patriotic, taking a pay cut from private sector earnings to serve his country.
Later, in a fit of “whataboutism”, the PM’s Office offered a list of other diplomats who earn high salaries including some given the green light by the previous Conservative government. But I thought Justin said he’d be better than them?
Do you think they’ve done the same with other Liberal friends?