More than half a million dollars was spent on civil service parties in BC during the first three months of 2009 alone.The full article is posted on the Squamish Chief, but this excerpt is bad enough:
Squamish – The provincial government was living it up as the economy was crashing, spending more than half-a-million dollars on parties celebrating civil service excellence.
But the government has said those celebrations were necessary to maintain a “high performing workforce” – something that’s “even more important during these challenging times.”
And it has no plans to be a party pooper by discontinuing the annual premier’s innovation and excellence awards, which are meant to recognize the “positive impact the BC Public Service’s work is having across the province.”
According to records exclusively obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, this year’s awards cost $562,741.52.
They included four regional parties and one provincial party, taking place between January 21 and March 26.
The biggest ticket item was the $137,414.29 spent on videos showcasing nominees and their accomplishments.
But catering and facility costs came in a close second at $125,511.70.
That money bought the ceremonies’ 1,864 attendees some yummy-sounding food.
In Vancouver, for example, civil servants dined on “wedge of romaine hearts with grape tomatoes” featuring “baked pancetta anchovy toasted brioche” and “Parmigiano-Reggiano buttermilk Caesar dressing.”
And that was just the first course.