Well-known, well-connected, articulate and knowledgeable, Michael Campbell is one of Canada’s most respected business analysts. Besides his familiarity as host of the long-running Money Talks every Saturday, Mike also produces a daily financial commentary that airs each weekday morning on CKNW.
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  1. I have heard Michael Campbell complain many times about the pension and benefit package of government workers. I would just like to point out that he needs to make a difference between professionals working in government positions, such as in the medical field, accountants, engineers, etc. The private sector is actually better pay for us, and in my profession I had licencing and continuing education fees covered by my employer when I worked in private practice. The only thing keeping me in public health is the pension and benefits. Take that away, and there would be a mass exodus in workers. What does he recommend as an alternative? Everyone to work in the private sector? Or to have government workers as the people who couldn’t get work in the more lucrative private sector?

  2. I listened to Michael Campbell’s rant today on CKNW about how groups often use “facts” to push their own agenda without taking into consideration other aspects of the argument. fair enough! He noted that teachers are keen to say that Alberta has higher salaries than those in BC without noting that oil and gas provide the funds to do so, and that teachers have in the past opposed oil and gas production/transportaion in BC. He also noted that teachers quote that Quebec and ontario have higher wages but that the large deficits and debt that exist in those provinces (presumably these are all the fault of high education budgets – not much analysis there) are not mentioned.

    I would love Michael to explain:
    1. Why manitoba and Saskatechewan, neither of which have any special advanatge over BC are able to provide teachers with much higher wages.
    2. How he managed to include Quebec as a high paying province when in fact it pays amongst the lowers and lower than BC.

    It would seem that Mr Campbell, while keen to point out how “facts” can be used without balance to prove a point has infact fallen victim to the same trait that he was railing against.

    Time to do some research Michael and not let your bias get the better of you.

  3. When sicussing the “govt’s Money” vs taxpayers money, although, I don’t disagree wuth the overall focus of the article, you merntioned that “work ethic, creativity and risk taking are rarely discussed in relation to income disparity”. It sounds like you are suggesting that income disparity occurs becauseone or more of these factors prevent low income earners from earning more. There might be significant factors that do not allow low income earners to not demonstrate risk taking, and creativity. Being in a low paying job, and struggling to keep a roof over your head is not conducive to risk taking especially when you have dependents and the ability to be creative requires the time and energy to do so; again limited quantities whenn struglling to keep a head above water. As to work ethic; I would suggest Michael Campbell come down from his ivory tower and spend some time with people working in low paying jobs to see how hard they work and how difficult it is to take risks and be creative in their position. The theory looks good from afar, but it is far from good.

  4. Mike, you made a small error on Saturday morning’s comments. You referred to the ability to 3D print a gun receiver out of aluminum with a $1200 machine. That was all correct except that the machine in question is a CNC (computer numerical-control) milling machine, not a 3D printer. A CNC mill uses what looks like a drill bit to remove material from a block of material to make the final piece – it is the exact opposite of 3D printing. Also in this case, the gun receiver is made starting with a blank which is 80% the right shape, not from a plain featureless solid block of aluminum. That 80% figure is a feature of US law.

  5. Thank god I am a 71 yr old senior as I don’t like what the youth are going to be facing in a few years because of the decions made by current politicians.

    Mr. Campbell, I like the way you expose and tell the truth of the financial fiascos that minicipal gov’ts get away with. Citizens should be outraged but they don’t seem to care. Maybe the middle class are so busy trying to make a living they don’t have time to get involved.

    Keep up the good work and maybe the masses will wake up and see what politicians are getting away with.