Monday, March 11, 2013
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
to the Royal York, Partnerships BC CEO spares no expense
Released by Dermod Travis, Integrity
a time when public confidence in government is at historical lows, the B.C.
government should follow Ontario's lead and have the expense claims of
senior government employees reviewed by an independent office to ensure they
meet both the government's guidelines and the public's smell test, according
IntegrityBC made its recommendation after reviewing the expense claims of
Partnerships BC CEO Sarah Clark, which it obtained via a freedom of
Clark claimed $7,445 in expenses in 2011-12, three times more than the
$2,155 claimed by Infrastructure Ontario CEO David Livingstone during the
same period. In 2012, Partnerships BC's operating expenses were $7.9
million, compared to Infrastructure Ontario's $70.7 million.
From expensing a $3.39 can of Pringles on an air flight, to $77.68 for a new
passport, to meals at some of Vancouver's finest restaurants, to nights at
five-star hotels, Clark spared no expense.
Clark expensed $3,600 for meals in 2012, including at least six with, or
accompanied by, Partnerships BC chair Larry Blain for a total cost of $555.
Under Ontario's expense guidelines, hospitality expenses are not reimbursed
when they only involve “people who work for the government.” David
Livingston claimed $57.52 for meals in 2012.
In the first nine months of 2012-13, Clark billed a further $3,090 for
meals, including $739.50 for what's identified as a Partnerships BC staff
and board dinner at Toronto's posh Lee Restaurant last November.
In 2012, Clark earned $250,000 and received $3,775 for parking, a $10,000
car allowance, pension benefits of $25,325 and a bonus of $25,000, according
to the Crown corporation's 2012 compensation guidelines.
Partnerships BC manages the planning, delivery and oversight of major
infrastructure projects, including the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1
Improvement Project and Victoria's sewage treatment plant. According to its
website, Partnerships BC's core business includes: “Manage an efficient and
leading edge organization that meets or exceeds performance expectations.”
In Ontario, the Integrity Commissioner reviews expenses for cabinet
ministers and party leaders, key Crown corporation board members and senior
As part of the Premier's open government initiative, IntegrityBC is also
calling for greater disclosure of expenses through the posting of all
relevant reports and receipts on ministry, agency and Crown corporation
NOTE: IntegrityBC has posted Clark's complete expenses claims and
supporting documents here.
The British Columbia Construction Association's November, 2012 report “Fair
and transparent: implementing the CAMF for construction procurement” is also
“The Association notes that the B.C. government's “CAMF (Capital Asset
Management Framework) is not always applied because...the Government’s
funding model for Partnerships BC creates a conflict of interest.”
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