Monday, August 10, 2009

More paid volunteers for the Olympics

A week or so ago, the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, VANOC, called out to the private sector for 1,500 more highly skilled "paid volunteers."

But let's get real here. What company in the private sector, even in good times, has extra employees hanging around that it could send off to work someplace else at their cost? Probably not too many because if they did, they wouldn't be in business for long.

That means what VANOC is really talking about is more paid volunteers courtesy of the taxpayer.

And sure enough, the taxpayer is going to have to cough up for more paid volunteers for VANOC. The B.C. government is scouting around right now for 250 bureaucrats to start working full-time for VANOC, and the salaries will be picked up by the taxpayer.

This is yet another hidden cost of the Olympics. The finance minister said last year, when the whole notion of paid volunteers was first conjured up by the brain trust in Victoria, that the salaries of paid volunteers will not be included in the accounting of total Olympic costs.

Frankly, if we have that many bureaucrats hanging around in Victoria, it's time for more cuts.

It's also time for government to get out of big, so-called legacy projects. They are nothing more than a boondoggle for politicians, and a burden for taxpayers.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for saying it but doesn't this mean that the only organization in BC that isn't operating efficiently is our government? Doesn't the taxpayer now have a good case to ask for massive lay-offs of civil servants?

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