Indeed, if it were a private corporation no one need ever know. Except that the CEO might like to brag about it.
The reason the public cares -- and is in fact outraged -- is because ORNGE was supposed to be a non-profit in the broader public sector.
Privatization of public services changes that salary calculus pretty quickly.
As part of a broader government move to privatize public services, ORNGE was given pretty much a free run to turn its work over to various private businesses. Indeed, the Deputy Minister of Health when ORNGE was set up, Ron Sapsford, suggested to a legislative committee this week, that the establishment of for-profit subsidiaries was no big deal.
But that was how ORNGE subverted real public oversight and accountability -- including over the salaries of its public officials.