On Christmas Eve, Liberals used an Order in Council to approve retroactive pay raises for a huge swath of diplomatic personnel, many of whom have strong ties to the Liberal party.
Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, and former president of the Quebec Liberals saw a salary bump to $260,600 - $306,500, effective April 1, 2019, from his old rate of $247,900 - $291,600.
Former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Federal Republic of Germany was bumped up to $225,300 - $265,000 effective April 1, 2019, from his old salary of $214,200 - $252,000.
Rana Sarkar, the Consul General of Canada in San Francisco received a raise to somewhere between $232,700 - $273,700, backdated to April 1, 2019 from his old inflated salary of $221,300 - $260,300. Sarkar is a failed Liberal candidate and close friend of Gerald Butts who was embroiled in controversy when he was first appointed to his diplomatic post because he was already making double what others earned in a similar role.
Even worse, a few Liberal linked diplomats who no longer are diplomats are also getting retroactive raises, in one instance back to the date the diplomat resigned to lead a Liberal party.
Isabelle Hudon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the French Republic was given a pay hike to within the range $260,600 - $306,500, backdated to April 1, 2019, up from $247,900 - $291,600. Hudon resigned her diplomatic post in October to join Trudeau’s transition team
David MacNaughton, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the United States of America, and former co-chair of the 2015 Liberal campaign saw his salary rise from $260,600 - $306,500, effective April 1, 2019; up from $247,900 - $291,600. McNaughton stepped down from his ambassadorial position in August.
Kevin Vickers, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Republic of Ireland saw his salary go from $169,400 - $198,200 to 180,000 - $210,700. Vickers' pay raise was backdated for his entire last year on the job — April 1, 2018, to March 1, 2019.
Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms credited with stopping the Parliament Hill terror attack, announced the resignation of his diplomatic posting at the end of February to run to become the Liberal leader of New Brunswick.
It pays to be a friend of the Liberals, doesn’t it?