Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Are you worth $1,300 a day?

Obviously, Premier McGuinty thinks negotiator Jane Stewart is! She is being paid about $180 an hour.

No wonder he is worried about the so-called fiscal imbalance!!!

Trust me, it isn't just the money that's out of whack here. I feel like Alice in Smotherland. Just sinking deeper and deeper into despair.

Update: Dalton isn't pleased that the natives are planning to spend the winter on the Estates.

16 comments:

Mac said...

Funny how Liberals find ways to throw money to other Liberals...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Mac, yeah. More grist for the election mill.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

BTW, that is the Liberal motto: "If you throw money at it, they will go away."

Gerry said...

She's probably behind the Native's call for donations of food, blankets, and building materials to ready themselves for winter...

What a neat gig...negotiate with no end date in mind...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

What a neat gig...negotiate with no end date in mind...

Exactly! There is no incentive whatsoever to bring this to a quick resolution. Argh.. What will be left of the province once McGuinty's done with it? Bob Rae is looking awfully good these days.

Red Tory said...

What the heck is your point here? Stewart is being paid $1,300/day. Big freakin’ deal. That’s $185/hr. or thereabouts. Chump change.

Mac said...

I'd forgotten RT has a sweet spot for Jane!!

The fact Jane is (was?) an unemployed Liberal doesn't really matter to you, does it, RT? How about the lack of competitive process in her hiring? Not a problem, right?

Yup, the Liberals learned so much from AdScam, didn't they, RT?

Brian said...

Bob Rae is looking awfully good these days.

Whoa, careful what you say there Joanne. Remember Rae has new ambitions. Five years from now you could be saying "Dalton's looking pretty good right about now."

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Brian, if I have to say that, gag me!

Mac, this is the culture of Liberal entitlement living on in Ontario. We are addicted to it.

liberal supporter said...

"Ottawa would not release the pay of federal negotiator Barbara McDougall. Citing access to information laws, Indian Affairs spokesperson Margot Valadeo said they would not release the information."

If only we knew what Babs is being paid, then every remark about Stewart being hired by her own party could be applied to MacDougall as well.

Indeed some fine grist for the election mill.

Ontario Lad said...

Dalton isn't pleased that the natives are planning to spend the winter on the Estates.

Uh oh, look out! Dalton the nut-less, spineless wonder is displeased. Of course NOW he is going to start getting his dander up. I guess there are no more autisitc kids left for him to shaft.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

L.S. - I'm with you on that one, wanting to know more about the federal side of things too.

O.L. - Ouch! (but true)

Red Tory said...

Mac -- Um, she’s a former Minister of Indian Affairs and a professional H.R. consultant. What difference does it make if she happens to be Liberal?

But no, let’s have a competition instead. That will take a week or so to draft the requirements, parameters of the job, expectations, objectives, etc. Then another few weeks to put the position out to tender and wait for replies. So now we’re probably at a month. Then there’s the review/interview process, that will take at least a week or so. Now we’re at a month and a half. And if McGuinty had gone this route you’d be bellyaching that they were dithering, spinning their wheels and taking too long to appoint someone. And if, God forbid, the position had eventually gone to a former cabinet minister based on qualifications, experience, etc. who happened to be Liberal, then you’d be moaning that the whole process was rigged.

Mac said...

Is Sweet Jane the only former Minister of Indian Affairs in Canada? Are there other qualifications which might be just as important like... mediator skills? How effective was she as a minister? Oh yes... first nations living in poverty, third world housing conditions, frequent lack of potable water... yup, Jane Stewart is the "ace", no question about it!!

If she is the most qualified candidate for the job, being a Liberal wouldn't make any difference but we'll never know since there was no competitive process.

If the competition was run fairly and transparently, what grounds would I have to complain about rigging? Perhaps you only threw that in because you figure a Liberal government doesn't know how to run a fair competition?

No, McGuinty just hired one of his Liberal pals. Quicker, easier and he can justify it by claiming it's a crisis... a six month crisis but never mind all that...

As far as your moaning about the length of time it would take to run a competition, how long has this protest been going on again? Long enough, using your estimate, to run four such competitions?

Weren't untendered contracts a central part of the problem with AdScam? Liberals shuffling money to Liberal friends outside of competitive processes? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

liberal supporter said...

"Weren't untendered contracts a central part of the problem with AdScam? Liberals shuffling money to Liberal friends outside of competitive processes? The more things change, the more they stay the same."

Yes things do stay the same. I am glad the CPC is increasing military spending, but the minister is a former military industry lobbyist.

It seems "untendered contracts" are somehow ok now.

Anonymous said...

what's wrong with 1300/day? that's only $325K. what self-respecting conservative either doesn't or doesn't want to make that? i make that in a good year - jealous much?