Bureaucrats cost taxpayers almost $44 billion a year: Budget watchdog

(QMI AGENCY FILES)

(QMI AGENCY FILES)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada's army of 375,500 federal civil servants costs taxpayers almost $44 billion per year in salaries and benefits, with the average annual full-time pay now more than $114,000.

In his latest report, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page also finds federal civil servants got sweet raises that "outpaced not only (consumer price index) inflation but also compensation growth in the Canadian business sector and the provincial and territorial levels of government over the last ten years."

Page's study looked at the size of the federal civil service and how government budget plans will affect it.


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