Ontario premier defends whopping Pan Am bonuses

Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun files)

Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:13 PM ET

TORONTO - The large salaries and bonuses for 2015 Pan Am Games executives were necessary to win the major sporting event, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

Games CEO Ian Troop pulls a $390,000 base salary but could see that figure topped by a $780,000 bonus if he completes his term and meets budget and timeline targets.

“The compensation structure that was put in place was put in place as a way of being competitive with all of the other cities and jurisdictions that were competing for the Games,” Wynne said Monday. “I think what is terrific is that you’ve got now an organization that’s delivering on time and on budget.”

Progressive Conservative MPP Rod Jackson said a 200% bonus — half for just showing up — is exorbitant and out of line with private-sector practices.

“They can literally sleepwalk through their jobs, get to their end date and get at least a 100% bonus. That is ridiculous,” Jackson said.


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