730 CBC employees make over $100,000 a year

Andy Radia
·Politics Reporter

How much does Peter Mansbridge make? How about Rick Mercer?

While we don't know exact figures, you can bet those two gentlemen are among the 730 CBC employees who earn more than $100,000 a year.

On Monday, Heritage Minister James Moore responded to an order paper submitted in November by fellow Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber.

Rathgeber had asked the public broadcaster to disclose how much it spends on everything from alcohol and hospitality to the salaries and expenses of its top personalities.

According to a story at iPolitics, Moore and the CBC were short on details.

While the CBC did disclose that approximately 730 employees are paid more than $100,000 a year, the taxpayer funded corporation won't tell Parliament who they are and exactly how much they earn.

Their names and precise salaries, according to the documents tabled in Parliament, are protected under Federal Privacy Act.

The only employee whose salary range and expenses the broadcaster was willing to divulge was CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert Lacroix. The CBC said Lacroix's salary, set by the Governor in Council, was between $358,400 and $421,600 in 2011.

Lacroix is also provided with a 2011 Ford Taurus and a driver who earns between $34,000 and $56,500, according to the iPolitics report.

The CBC's disclosure is the latest development in an ongoing saga that has pitted Conservative MPs against each other.

On the one hand you have Heritage Minister James Moore touting the value of the CBC every opportunity he gets.

"CBC/Radio-Canada's engagement of both official languages, and indeed eight aboriginal languages in the North, is not something the private sector and the free market is doing easily or willingly, and it's not happening across the country," Moore recently told the Toronto Star, adding that the CBC will be asked to do its share to find savings.

"The importance of CBC to ensure that both of Canada's official languages are represented all over the regions of this country is essential."

On the other hand you have Tory MPs like Rob Anders and Garry Breitkreuz who have both submitted petitions to Parliament calling on the government to stop funding the CBC.

At the very least, the difference of opinion should make for some interesting caucus meetings leading up to the 2012 budget.