Thursday, August 17, 2006

Trying to get fired???

This story about Stephen Callary, vice chairman and CEO of the Copyright Board of Canada doesn't make any sense.

From the beginning of 2004 all the way through the end of 2005, the guy takes ten trips. Two years, ten trips. Five a year, one roughly every ten weeks.

Sure the trips were a bit lavish, and the timing was a bit suspect:

He went to Tuscon, Arizona in the dead of winter in 2004, he spent $12,504 travelling around Europe for 18 days in the summer of 2004, and he went to Paris in the fall of 2005.

Wintering in the south, summering in Europe -- not a bad life.

But here's the kicker: in the first six months of 2006, he has taken eight trips, one trip every three weeks. He went to LA in January, Tuscon (again) in February, Kananaskis in June and then five days later left for Brussels and Barcelona for a week.

He spent $55,000 in the last 18 months traveling, but $25,000 of that came in the last six months.

View all the sorted details here.

But why would a federal bureaucrat appointed by the previous regime all of a sudden decide to ramp up his travel expenses?

Well, call me a conspiracy theorist, but if you know you're not likely to be re-appointed by the current government, you are tied into a job until 2009, and you now kind of want to retire, how best to end your unemployment?

Quit and leave quietly, finding a job in the private sector? Or out with a bang, travelling around the world on someone else's dime, praying that you get turfed when you return so that you can "pull a Dingwall" and collect a hefty severance?

Me thinks the later is more likely.


Money Bags4Me said...

Your on to something here. Now all we need is a catchphrase to describe it.

Scott Hennig said...

Interesting...a catch phrase eh?

So the definition would be: attempting to engineer a dismissal, such that a large severance would be paid.

Now to be clear, I don't think that Dingwall intentionally engineered his dismissal, I think he would have loved to hang on the gov't teat for a while.

So how about "Rentirtlement"? A mix of retirement and entitlement - a way of retiring and collecting your "entitlement" for being dismissed.

Or perhaps something to do with a golden parachute...


Money Bags4Me said...

I was thinking more along the lines of 'the Dingwall precedent' but catchier.

Maybe the
'Dingwall dilemma'

Money Bags4Me said...

Or lets try the "triple D"


"doublemint-Dingwall- dilemma"

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