The Selinger NDP has increased the salaries of a number of political staff by an average of 22 per cent and paid nearly $3 million in salaries and payouts to 52 political staff members since the beginning of the NDP’s family feud a year ago, in an attempt to beef up its manpower in advance of the upcoming provincial election campaign.
“The NDP is paying large salaries using taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars in its desperation to hold onto power,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister. “This is the price of dysfunction under this Premier. And it clearly shows why Manitobans, under the NDP, are paying more and getting less.”
Since five NDP cabinet ministers stepped down in revolt against the Premier in November 2014, the Selinger government has paid at least $670,000 in payouts, hired 33 political staffers and increased the pay of about a dozen others by an average of 22 per cent, and in some cases by as much as 62 per cent – amounting to approximately $3 million in salaries and payouts paid for by taxpayers.
“The Premier wants a topped-up political machine using taxpayers’ money that could have been spent on services Manitobans need, such as health care, infrastructure or child care,” said Opposition house leader Kelvin Goertzen. “The NDP’s waste is rewarding political staff at the top of the government. In contrast, the PC vision is to protect front-line workers and services.”