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SOURCES: LIberals hope to freeze MPP pay
Government sources tell Newstalk 1010 bill will be tabled next week
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The province will be tabling legislation next week to freeze MPPs pay for another five years.

Newstalk 1010 has learned that if passed, the freeze which was first introduced in 2009, will now go until 2019.

The average MPP makes a salary of $116,500. Cabinet ministers make $165,850, with the premier taking in $208,974 each year.

Government sources say if a bill isn't introduced, MPPs will get a five to six per cent raise on April 1st.

Sources say this is how the Liberal government is leading by example, pointing to pay freezes already in place for unionized public sector workers.

The Liberals are dealing with a $11.7 billion deficit.

Sources point out MPPs should have 75 per cent of the salary a federal MP does, which is now at $160, 200. Ottawa gave them a 1.6 per cent raise for 2013-14. MPs have a pension plan and MPPs do not.

Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli says the Liberals are pretending to practise restraint, noting the government didn't support a Tory bill calling for an across-the-board wage freeze.

NDP house leader Gilles Bisson accuses the Liberals of playing a game of "cynical politics," underlining this is only coming out because there could be a spring election. Bisson says the Liberals are trying to distract voters from government scandals such as Ornge spending and the gas plant cancellation costs.

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The province will be tabling legislation next week to freeze MPPs pay for another five years.

Newstalk 1010 has learned that if passed, the freeze which was first introduced in 2009, will now go until 2019.

The average MPP makes a salary of $116,500. Cabinet ministers make $165,850, with the premier taking in $208,974 each year.

Government sources say if a bill isn't introduced, MPPs will get a five to six per cent raise on April 1st.

Sources say this is how the Liberal government is leading by example, pointing to pay freezes already in place for unionized public sector workers.

The Liberals are dealing with a $11.7 billion deficit.

Sources point out MPPs should have 75 per cent of the salary a federal MP does, which is now at $160, 200. Ottawa gave them a 1.6 per cent raise for 2013-14. MPs have a pension plan and MPPs do not.

Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli says the Liberals are pretending to practise restraint, noting the government didn't support a Tory bill calling for an across-the-board wage freeze.

NDP house leader Gilles Bisson accuses the Liberals of playing a game of "cynical politics," underlining this is only coming out because there could be a spring election. Bisson says the Liberals are trying to distract voters from government scandals such as Ornge spending and the gas plant cancellation costs.

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