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.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Posted by Scott Hennig at 4:43 PM
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