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soulchaser
08-21-2017, 07:10 PM
As Garth Brooks sang years ago, “I’ve got friends in low places.” Yes, “where the whiskey drowns, and the beer chases my blu-uuu-es away.” Perhaps that’s my problem.

Unlike Rana Sarkar, I have never had many highfalutin friends, at least none like Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pal and his principal secretary in the PMO. In fact, I have never met Mr. Butts. I have seen him across rooms, et cetera, but we have never sat down to discuss career paths.

That said, in all my years in the media game, and during a couple of stints as a senior political staffer – provincially in Toronto and federally in Ottawa working for a cabinet minister – no one ever opened up negotiations by offering to double the position’s salary. No one has ever said to me, “Bono, with your experience, talent and masterful way with words, you are worth way more than the $119,000 a year pittance that this job normally pays. “Can I offer you $220,000 instead? Or, better still, $260,000?”

Seems I didn’t have high-enough friends.

As we learned Monday through The Globe and Mail, a well-connected former Liberal candidate named Rana Sarkar, a Butts’ buddy, is on his way to San Francisco as consul-general for nearly twice the amount of $119,600 to $140,700 that a normal schmo would be paid if established compensation rules were followed.

Now, Rana Sarkar, a failed 2011 Liberal candidate in the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, and who failed to get his party’s nod in 2015 in another Toronto riding, is not without cred, of course. He’s former president of the Canada-India Business Council, and recently KPMG’s national director of high-value markets.

But did I mention he was a friend of Gerald Butts? Both are 46, as Justin Trudeau will be on Christmas Day. So, they’re birds of similar feathering.

Now, when one thinks of political postings, one hardly thinks a lowly consul-general job San Francisco would pay more taxpayers’ dollars than being paid right now to former Trudeau cabinet minister John McCallum for being Canada’s ambassador to China, a major trading partner. Or more money than being paid to former Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion to be our special envoy to the European Union where Canada has just signed a mega-trade pact, minus the exited United Kingdom, of course.

According to the Globe, in fact, Sarkar’s order-in-council appointment put through this month has made him one of the highest-paid diplomats in Canada’s foreign service.

Now, I may be wrong, but a 15-part tweet by Gerald Butts defending the appointment of Rana Sarkar seems to me to be a bit much, and more than suggests Mr. Butts is a tad sensitive to the criticism coming his way over social media for his purse-string loosenings. It took him until Tweet No. 9 to shoot the messenger, however, claiming the Globe reporter who wrote about Sarkar’s appointment did not fully cover off all accomplishments the PMO had provided.

Did I mention, by the way, that Mr. Sarkar is going to San Francisco? Not Moscow. Not Beijing. Not Brussels. Not Washington.

It has been oft-cited, with no proof to verify it, that Mark Twain once said the “coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Even if Rana Sarkar finds this to be true he will surely be able to afford one of those expensive Canada Goose parkas the PM wears.

Me? I'm going back to “where the whiskey drowns, and the beer chases my blu-uuu-es away.”

Without friends in high places, there is little other choice.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/08/21/in-trudeauland-it-literally-pays-to-have-friends-in-high-places

soulchaser
08-21-2017, 07:13 PM
CTV's version:

New diplomat with ties to Liberal Party making nearly double the post's official salary

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top aide says paying one of Canada's newest diplomatic appointees nearly double what the going-rate is “completely in line” with other federal appointments from the private sector.

The posting makes the Liberal-appointee, and former Liberal candidate, one of the highest-paid Canadian diplomats.

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.

In defending the appointment on Twitter on Monday morning, Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Trudeau called Sarkar a “friend,” and said often luring people from the private sector to a government job is a challenge, because of the hit to their salaries.

“Rana Sarkar's salary as CG is completely in line with those other appointments from the private sector,” Butts said as part of a series of tweets.

8. Rana Sarkar's salary as CG is completely in line with those other appointments from the private sector.
— Gerald Butts ���� (@gmbutts) August 21, 2017

Sarkar, the former president of the Canada-India Business Council and national director for high growth markets at KPMG, has close ties to the Liberal Party of Canada, including running unsuccessfully for the 2015 nomination in the Don Valley North riding, and as a candidate in Scarborough-Rouge River in 2011.

His appointment was made on the recommendation of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, according to the Order in Council posting.

The posting was part of a round of diplomatic shuffles the government said is about boosting Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the United States, ahead of NAFTA renegotiations.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the salary range is in line with other top diplomatic posts, reflective of his qualifications, and considering the location of the appointment -- Silicon Valley.

For example, Canada’s UK High Commissioner Janice Charette’s position salary range is $172,200 to $202,500, while she is making between $277,600 and $326,500; Canada’s Ambassador to Italy Alex Himelfarb is making between $239,100 and $281,300, though the position salary is between $133,900 and $157,500; and Kevin Vickers, Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland, who is making between $171,200 and $201,300 though the position salary is between $119,600 and $140,700.

"San Francisco and Silicon Valley is among the most important diplomatic positions in the world," Cameron Ahmed, spokesperson for the prime minister, wrote in an email to CTV News, adding that all the advice the PMO is receiving says the region is seen as fertile ground to attract technology and innovation jobs to Canada.

"Mr. Sarkar’s mandate is far greater than what the position has traditionally entailed," said Ahmed.

Sarkar’s responsibilities in the new post will include tapping into the tens of billions of annual trade dollars spent in the region to expand Canadian markets, attract investment and boost Canadian business, according to the PMO.

"Mr. Sarkar has the expertise and experience to help make this happen," said Ahmed

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/new-diplomat-with-ties-to-liberal-party-making-nearly-double-the-post-s-official-salary-1.3554537#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=GFbkqgF

chuckbuster
08-21-2017, 07:39 PM
One thing Liberals have always been good at: working hard at trying to polish their own turds to try and fool the rest of us into thinking that they and their turds have a clean end.

Waterloomike
08-22-2017, 02:40 AM
They keep mumbling that it's in line with the private sector. But it's not the private sector, government earns no money, has no competition, should not be in competition with the private sector, should be about service, not competition.

They keep saying they have to pay a lot to get good people, but i have yet to see good people.

It is openly corrupt because they are accountable to no one.

Rotten to the core.

RangeBob
08-22-2017, 02:58 AM
Does justin still have two nannies ?

Waterloomike
08-22-2017, 03:18 AM
Does justin still have two nannies ?

Justin should not be allowed out of the house without a "nanny" on each corner. Read chaperone.

He's not qualified to lead a thirsty duck to water, let alone a country.

Doug_M
08-22-2017, 04:48 AM
Were any of these positions filled by the previous government with inflated salaries?

SIR VEYOR
08-22-2017, 05:04 AM
Were any of these positions filled by the previous government with inflated salaries?

Vickers at least it appears...

Waterloomike
08-22-2017, 05:43 AM
Those salaries are not in line with reality or with their value.

Also, I am highly skeptical of Ahmed's assertion. what high tech company would come to Canada with taxes and other expenses climbing almost daily? They're leaving, not coming. Government only screws up business. They need to stay out of the realm of business. They can't fill potholes, let alone deal with the money they waste and lavish on their friends at someone else's expense by claiming "that's in line with the private sector." So what? They're not the private sector. They should be the jailed sector.

This turd of an administration hasn't accounted for anything. From the trip to the Khan's island, to his chinese government billionaires bribes, to his $127K payout to butts. And they just keep piing it up with no respite.

He'll have so many ethical and likely legal violations that the liberal electorate will think that's how it's done.

Now that's organised crime.

soulchaser
08-22-2017, 07:49 AM
Vickers at least it appears...

But we don't know who decided to pay him above the specified range.

Had it been the CPC, I would think Trudeau's talking head would have specifically mentioned that as a defence for paying Gerald's buddy what they are.

chuckbuster
08-22-2017, 10:37 AM
Does justin still have two nannies ?

I'm not sure how many he has, but I think his kids still have two.

RangeBob
08-22-2017, 11:17 AM
They keep mumbling that it's in line with the private sector.

In "Yes, Prime Minister", episode "A Real Partnership" (February 1986), talks about the rationale behind a civil service pay rise of 43%, the same week the politicians announce they will take no pay rise due to the country's economic downturn.
They say the pay is to match 'comparable jobs in industry', which it turns out are the directors of BP and IBM. They further use other rare exceptional changes that happened in industry combined to result in the unheard of 43% pay rise.

@10:10 - 10:56
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tPccyGHSiU

Marcel
08-22-2017, 01:35 PM
Buttmunch (a.k.a. the salad tosser) should be in prison!

Crooked to the core like every other Lieberal. The people who voted for those a$$hole thieves have either had or should have a lobotomy.

FallisCowboy
08-22-2017, 02:22 PM
Buttmunch (a.k.a. the salad tosser) should be in prison!

Crooked to the core like every other Lieberal. The people who voted for those a$$hole thieves have either had or should have a lobotomy.

My vote is for "had", IMHO it requires a really special kind of stupid to vote for this crap. No functional intellect could do this.

Relic49
08-22-2017, 03:59 PM
Now let me get this straight, they wanted to hang Duffy for $90,000.00, but this butt's fella gets a free pass as well as the rest of that gang by the press. Am I correct?

chuckbuster
08-22-2017, 04:40 PM
Now let me get this straight, they wanted to hang Duffy for $90,000.00, but this butt's fella gets a free pass as well as the rest of that gang by the press. Am I correct?

Yeah, pretty much.

Waterloomike
08-22-2017, 05:03 PM
Now let me get this straight, they wanted to hang Duffy for $90,000.00, but this butt's fella gets a free pass as well as the rest of that gang by the press. Am I correct?

Mac Harb, a liberal was charged long before duffy, wallin or brazeau, for lots more money and never went to trial.

Liberals are not to be charged or maligned.

But we can s#!+ on them here.

RangeBob
08-22-2017, 05:07 PM
Conservative scandals tend to be in the tens of thousands.
Liberal scandals tend to be in the $millions.




When the Liberals had scandals, it was them taking taxpayer's money.
A Conservative "scandal" is using their personal money to pay the taxpayers
I just don't get it.
I guess the Liberals and Dippers are just jealous they don't have friends with $90,000 in spare change to help a brother out when they need it.
Which reminds me, how is Pat Martin doing coming up with the $5 million he owes to the defamation lawsuit for running his mouth. Should we criticize and investigate who is covering his bills for him?
-- critter928

M1917 Enfield
08-22-2017, 06:41 PM
Conservative scandals tend to be in the tens of thousands.
Liberal scandals tend to be in the $millions.



When the Liberals had scandals, it was them taking taxpayer's money.
A Conservative "scandal" is using their personal money to pay the taxpayers
I just don't get it.
I guess the Liberals and Dippers are just jealous they don't have friends with $90,000 in spare change to help a brother out when they need it.
Which reminds me, how is Pat Martin doing coming up with the $5 million he owes to the defamation lawsuit for running his mouth. Should we criticize and investigate who is covering his bills for him?
-- critter928

Per Wikipedia web-page on Pat Martin -

"Upon revelations about the robocall scandal in February, Martin publicly accused Racknine of being behind the automated calls that saw voters misdirected to non-existent polling locations during the May 2011 federal election. Racknine filed a defamation lawsuit for $5 million in damages.

Martin ended up settling the defamation lawsuit against him and publicly apologized and stated that RackNine was "merely an innocent intermediary not a participant in electoral fraud".

Due to the costs awarded to Racknine, Martin received a loan from the NDP and accepted donations from unions to help fund his defamation suit and pay for the settlement.

Documents filed with the federal ethics commissioner showed Martin accepted contributions to a legal defence fund from the Canadian Labour Congress, the United Steelworkers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and 14 other unions or locals.

Duff Conacher, founder of Democracy Watch, asked Martin to disclose the exact amount each of the two dozen organizations has donated to the trust fund set up to pay off his legal bill. "You're not allowed to be in the appearance of a conflict of interest, even if the gift does not change your mind from what you already believed. You can't have it. If you have that, you don't have democracy. You have a system of where the dollar wins and that's not democracy," said Conacher.

Martin said it would be "ludicrous" to think the donations would influence his position on labour issues saying that "If anybody thinks I could become more friendly to trade unions, then they don’t know me very well," adding "I’m a socialist and trade unionist and former head of the carpenters’ union in Manitoba.""

killer kane
08-23-2017, 08:40 AM
So in other words........

FallisCowboy
08-23-2017, 08:46 AM
So in other words........

Business as usual for the Liberal Party of Canada...."Take all you can, give nothing back." Hmmmmm, that sounds a lot like the pirates code.........

Waterloomike
08-23-2017, 09:59 AM
Business as usual for the Liberal Party of Canada...."Take all you can, give nothing back." Hmmmmm, that sounds a lot like the pirates code.........

But pirates don't claim to save you from anything.