|New High Commissioner to United Kingdom Gordon Campbell|
No, not the one-time-only $1.6 billion payment to the BC government - the other pay off.
Last week former BC Premier Gordon Campbell was appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, a job that will pay about $190,000 a year, plus an official residence, chef and chauffeur in London.
While many commentators have focused on Campbell's background, relationship with Harper and other factors, none seem to have drawn the obvious conclusion - if the High Commissioner job is a reward - as it has been in the past for prime ministers both Conservative and Liberal - why Campbell?
After all, he doesn't even belong to either federal politicial party and certainly was responsible for the balancing act of keeping both federal Liberals and Conservatives in a provincial coalition misnamed the BC Liberal Party.
That hardly is helpful to the electoral success of the federal Conservatives.
So, if he isn't a party ally, political ally, major donor or diplomatic veteran, why give Campbell one of the best jobs in all diplomacy?
Because he delivered the HST in British Columbia, even if it cost him his job.
The HST is a federal priority and for good reason - Ottawa increases its take of provincial sales taxes through the HST by about $300 million a year.
Campbell's kind of blind loyalty deserves favour - and High Commissioner to the UK is that kind of reward.
No doubt many will disagree with this cynical view.
And I think Campbell will do a decent job, given his long record in public office.
I even wish him well - after all, if I lose my passport in England I'll be depending on him!
But really - let's not ignore an obvious conclusion.
Only in BC you say? Pity.