Posted by: Ian Bruk | February 16, 2008

Paid Volunteers Not Part of Olympic Costs?

Looking into the decision by the B.C. Government to “pay” volunteers I found the following:

Critics say paid time off for civil servants amounts to another hidden cost of the Games but Colin Hansen, the provincial minister responsible, defended the decision.

“There is no incremental cost to the taxpayer for a program like this,” he said.

Is Hansen saying that because there are no additional costs, i.e. salaries, being incurred, that this should not be an Olympic cost?

So the work that is not being done while the employees are volunteering is worthless?

I don’t get it.

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) – The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is the latest group to express outrage over a provincial government offer to its 30-thousand employees of time off and half pay to volunteer for the 2010 Olympics.

Maureen Bader says the Campbell government is out of touch with the realities of taxpaying families.

“You’ve kind of got to wonder, I mean what about the jobs they’ve got right now? Is it that we’ve got such a surplus of bureaucrats in Victoria that we can afford to let all these people take 2 weeks off to go work at the Olympics, I mean what about their jobs?”


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