B.C. labour law shouldn't apply to Portland Hotel Society execs

Re: Portland Hotel Society bosses get severance pay (NewsLeader, March 26)

Let me see if I understand this one right. Four executives from the Vancouver anti-poverty society get fired for alleged malfeasance such as taking advantage of the organization by spending on luxury trips, limousines, restaurant meals, booze and much more. And now they get rewarded by receiving more money in the form of eight weeks' severance pay?

What kind of an example are we setting?

Housing Minister Rich Coleman says severance pay is required by the B.C. labour law.

Yes, and it should without question be given to those who are displaced from their jobs for reasons that are no fault of their own. When an employee is fired for just cause then the severance pay should be omitted.

These individuals should not, in any way, be rewarded.

Frank Di Cesare


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