Following a report that showed $35.6 million was paid out to public sector executives and senior managers in 2011, Ontario New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath called for a ban on these public sector bonuses.
The Canadian Press broke the news last week that made headlines across the province. The news agency reported that 98 percent of eligible managers in the Ontario Public Service were given bonuses last year.
Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservative Party immediately issued a news release in which it criticized Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal government. It stated that this story is “another example of reckless Liberal overspending.”
Now New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath is criticizing Queen’s Park and is calling for a ban on bonuses for executives and managers in the public sector, according to a NDP news release.
Horwath stated that she plans to introduce legislation that would both rein in provincial spending and apply a freeze on these hefty bonuses. She added that it’s odd that the premier is giving these bonuses, but then demands wage freezes for teachers and many other public sector employees.
“In tough times, people want to see scarce dollars invested where they’re needed most. They hear a lot of talk from government but see that the people who need breaks the least are the ones who keep getting them,” said the Ontario NDP leader. “Instead of political games and empty promises, this is a simple effective step that will make things a little more fair.”
Meanwhile, the Liberal Premier announced that he plans to review the performance pay system.
This news comes as two by-elections are scheduled to be held on Sept. 6 in the provincial ridings of Kitchener-Waterloo and Vaughan.