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730 CBC employees take home more than $100,000 a year

Jan 31, 2012

Source: National Post

The CBC has more than 700 staff on the payroll making $100,000 annually, the public broadcaster revealed to a Conservative MP who had asked for salary details of top CBC executives and on-air staff.

But the CBC will not name them, nor release the salaries of anchor Peter Mansbridge and host George Stroumboulopoulos.

“Mr. Speaker, CBC/Radio-Canada currently has approximately 730 employees who earn more than $100,000 per year,” Heritage Minister James Moore said when tabling the information on Monday. “Their names and precise salaries are protected as per the federal Privacy Act and Access to Information Act.”

On the same day, Treasury Board President Tony Clement tabled a response to a virtually identical request from the NDP for the same information about the salaries of political staff in the PMO.

That question was tabled by Quebec NDP MP Tyrone Benskin, in a mischievous response to Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber’s queries about the CBC.

Also citing privacy law, Mr. Clement did not provide the names and salaries, but went further by declining to give even the total number of $100,000 salaries in the PMO — the same figure Mr. Moore gave for the CBC.

Instead, Mr. Clement — who promotes himself as an advocate for open government — listed the web addresses of the government’s public accounts that itemize the total amount each ministers’ office spends and a set of guidelines for ministerial staff salaries.

Mr. Benskin said on Monday the difference between the responses given by Mr. Clement and Mr. Moore shows an enormous double standard.

“The PMO needs to put its money where its mouth is,” he said.

“If they want transparency, be transparent.”

Mr. Benskin laughed loudly when told that Mr. Clement will be hosting a conference in Ottawa next week on open government.

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