Is this the reason for closed door meetings?
Good morning – nice to be back on the blog! Every once in a while my brain needs a break from the daily grind, hence the uncustomary three day lag in posts over the weekend.
The talk of the weekend seems to be the enormous raise voted on and approved by the new and often questioned Translink Board, a raise that roughly equates to 500%. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/02/08/bc-translink.html
I’ve heard two versions, I’ll leave you to decide what is true. One is that the board had no choice in the raise(I’ve heard that before), that it was something that they had to accept because it was not initiated by themselves . The other version is that it was brought to them , they voted on it and did approve it themselves. I heard Mike Harcourt on CKNW trying to justify why it was done and in my opinion he only succeeded in insulting the credentials and intelligance of the previous board by saying that this new board “was professional” and brought to the table the kind of talent they needed. Does this mean the old, elected board were unprofessional and un-talented , or downright dumb? Or does he really mean that they need to pay these new bigwigs the kind of money they privately promised them to take the positions.
Its a well-known bit of gossip that the entire selection process was more than a bit dubious, and downright laughable when it comes to proper representation for all the communities at hand. http://thetyee.ca/Views/2007/12/17/Busjacked/
As a transit user myself, I’m not convinced that this board will do anything but assist and complete the political agendas of those who “run” it . Why else would the new board have a closed door policy? Isnt this board making decisions using tax-payers dollars, that impact tax-payers lives ? Yet, here we remain in dark silence until something is released – or leaked.
That’s democracy for you – a la Gordon Campbell.