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article imageReport: 730 CBC employees earning $100,000, names not disclosed

By Andrew Moran     Feb 1, 2012 in Business
Toronto - After some Members of Parliament demanded salary details from the CBC, a new, recently released report shows that there are 730 employees who earn at least $100,000. The CBC will not say, though, who is making how much.
Since before the Christmas break, some members of the House of Commons have asked for the CBC to reveal the salaries of its top executives and on-air staff. The CBC said it would work with government officials to answer any questions on what the broadcaster spends on expenses. A new report released Monday does not show the salaries of some the company’s top personalities.
According to the report from Heritage Minister James Moore, there are 730 staff employees who earn at least $100,000 per year. Many are curious to know, though, who they are and how much do television hosts, such as Peter Mansbridge and George Stroumboulopoulos, earn annually.
“The majority of expenses of Peter Mansbridge and George Stroumboulopoulos are incurred as part of their programming activities on behalf of CBC/Radio-Canada and are not public,” said the documents. “It is not possible to separate programming from administrative expenses in the time provided for responding to this question.”
It was noted that President Hubert T. Lacroix earned between $358,400 and $421,600 last year, which was established by the Governor in Council. Lacroix was also given a 2011 Ford Taurus and a driver that earns between $34,000 and $56,500.
Other expenses incurred by Lacroix include: $29,810.51 in 2011, $48,913.23 in 2010, $41,194.28 in 2009, $59,324.70 in 2008 and $3,114.93 for the two months he worked for the corporation in 2007.
“The expenses of the President and CEO are approved by the Chair of CBC/Radio-Canada,” the documents stated. “They are also reviewed on a quarterly basis by CBC/Radio-Canada’s internal auditors.”
The CBC will not divulge the names and the Heritage Minister said their identities and salary details are protected under the federal Privacy Act and Access to Information Act. The query first came from Alberta Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber.
“I am disappointed individuals who are on the public payroll, and certainly these members of the CBC are, those salaries and expenses ought to be disclosed,” said Rathgeber. “There seems to be a continued effort to hide behind the broadcast act.”
Members of the New Democratic Party counted the Conservatives with questions regarding the salaries of staff employees of the Prime Minister’s Office. “This is all about transparency. We asked them to put their money where their mouth is,” said Quebec MP and Heritage Critic, Tyrone Benskin.
Tony Clement, Treasury Board President, said that the PMO is comparable to the public service pay, but declined to list the names and numbers of those earning more than $100,000. Instead, he provided the websites of the federal government’s public accounts.
Tony Clement  Canadian federal politician  President of the Treasury Board.
Tony Clement, Canadian federal politician, President of the Treasury Board.
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Benskin added that he has no issues with these individuals earning more than $100,000 because he believes they would be making as much as five times more for their services in the private sector.
Many Conservative MPs have called for the end of public funding for the CBC, which is approximately $1.1 billion. A recent Harris-Decima study suggested that 46 percent support funding the CBC at the current levels and nearly a quarter would like it increased.
“Government of Canada funds the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to the sum of $1.1 billion per annum, that the vast amount of Government of Canada funding gives the CBC an unfair advantage over its private sector competitor,” said Alberta Conservative MP Brian Jean, during a petition being read aloud that was signed by his constituents. “(We) call upon Parliament to end public funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."
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