Ont public sector managers get bonuses
So much for that public sector wage freeze.
4700 Ontario bureaucrats got bonuses from the provincial government for the holidays with an average payout of $4500. The total bill to the province is $21.5-million.
Because of a retroactive freeze on public sector salaries announced in September, without a lump sum top up, workers would've taken home less cash this year than last. The freeze was based on 2010-11 T4s which included performance bonuses.
Speaking with Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar, Progressive Conservative Finance Critic Peter Shurman calls the move "a bad joke". Shurman adds "It's what the third day of the new year? I want to shoot myself already".
Shurman points out with that with the province staring down a deficit, the government used over $21-millionthey don't have.