OTTAWA - Federal bureaucrats' salaries have grown by almost $8 billion over the last 10 years, according to a new report from Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette.
Frechette contends almost half that growth is to keep pace with inflation, and almost half comes from new hires.
Bureaucrats' pay actually grew slightly higher than the inflation rate over the last decade.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation federal director Gregory Thomas says private sector workers don't necessarily get inflation-protected pay.
"Many of the rest of us have taken massive haircuts in our take-home pay during the financial meltdown," Thomas said.