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BRIAN LILLEY - Taxpayers pay big for CBC to pimp their ride



OTTAWA - Canadians are paying out a pretty penny to have CBC executives and top talent drive around in cushy cars.

According to a partial list released by CBC through access to information, taxpayers shelled out $291,337.74 in 2010 for yearly car allowances for 35 vehicles, some costing nearly $20,000 per year.

While most of those on the list are for what the state broadcaster deems executives, five of the car allowances are paid out under the collective agreement, likely meaning those payments go to top on-air talent or technical operations staff. One was for $15,675 annually.

National host Peter Mansbridge is the highest paid CBC employee in that category.

Canada's best-selling car, the Honda Civic can be purchased for just $14,580, according to the Honda Canada website.

Meanwhile, the top payment for an executive car at CBC was $19,700 - far in excess of what would be needed to lease and gas up a high-end Mercedes each year. Mercedes is marketing its E-Class sports coupe - a $61,000 car - as available for lease from $778 per month, far less than the $1,641 a month paid out to CBC's top executive.

The list released to QMI Agency is only a partial representation of what CBC spends of car for its employees. Previously obtained documents show approximately 170 employees receive a car allowance.

CBC President Hubert Lacroix is not one of the executives with a personal car allowance, Lacroix has a car and driver provided to him.
A CBC spokesman confirmed to QMI that Lacroix is furnished with a 2011 Ford Taurus.
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