Analysis: Liberals to blame for public sector salary explosion

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park in Toronto Thursday, March 27, 2014, responds to...

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park in Toronto Thursday, March 27, 2014, responds to remarks made earlier by PC Leader Tim Hudak. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

TORONTO - In 2003 when the Liberals took charge of the province, a mere 14,926 public sector employees were making $100,000 or more.

Some 10 years of pandering to the unions, growing the debt by a shocking $114 billion and a few billion dollars wasted on various Liberal scandals later, a shocking 97,796 Ontario public sector workers are on the Sunshine List.

That represents an incredulous increase in 10 years of 655%.

And we wonder why our school boards, municipalities, our electricity operators and our so-called leaders at Queen’s Park can’t seem to balance the books without hiking up debt, handing us more fee and tax increases dressed in the guise of revenue tools, and wringing their hands in despair at not being able to make ends meet.

The 655% increase in the sheer numbers on the Sunshine List show that the Liberals under Dalton McGuinty, and now Kathleen Wynne, have done nothing, nada, zilch to rein in spending on wages over the past 10 years. Nor, from sheer volume of agencies on the list, have they actually kept any sort of hand on the tiller, as Wynne alleges to be doing, let alone a steady one.

There was a weak attempt by McGuinty to freeze wage increases following the release of the Drummond report.

But then Wynne, more left than Liberal, came on the scene and promptly reopened contracts with the teachers unions in a shameless attempt to buy votes.

No one has been watching, or caring to keep an eye as agencies — many of them in the business of delivering desperately needed health care or mental health services — have built their high-priced management fiefdoms.


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