In yet another sign of Trudeau’s contempt for taxpayer dollars, Liberal Party-connected diplomat Rana Sarkar is being paid nearly twice the usual salary for his position.
As reported by CTV, “Rana Sarkar was named consul-general to San Francisco as part of a round of U.S. diplomatic appointments the federal government announced on Aug. 2. According to the Privy Council office, his salary is within the $221,300 to $260,300 range. The official pay scale for the posting is in the range of $119,600 to $140,700.”
Strangely, Gerald Butts tried defending the appointment by saying Sarkar (a former Liberal candidate), is a “friend,” and said the appointments are in line with those from the private sector.
However, that’s no justification for why a position with a public pay scale of $140,700 at the maximum was given to a party-insider at possibly $100K more per year.
To get a sense of how outrageous this is, consider that the over-payment to Sarkar is almost four times the media individual income of $27,600.
This is a continuation of the long-standing Ottawa insider game, where those with connections get rewarded at the expense of hardworking Canadians.
While this arrogant elitism in the capital certainly predates Trudeau, his government has taken it to a whole new level. Now, we are being taxed more and more so elitist insiders can benefit.
The opposition must not only take a tough stance against this latest outrage, but they must set out a clear plan to bring in tough new rules that will stop anyone from being paid over the publicly listed salary range, and set far tougher restrictions on political insiders getting huge paydays at the expense of Canadian taxpayers.
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