March 27, 2015

Ontario 'Sunshine List' adds over 13,000 names since last year

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Ontario's "Sunshine List" of public sector employees who earn over $100,000/year now includes over 100,000 names: 111,438 to be exact -- an increase of over 13,000 individuals over last year.

However, union chief "Smokey" Thomas of OPSCU says the list isn't long enough:

He wants Queen's Park to include private sector employees such as consultants, who work for the government under contract.

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commented 2015-03-29 21:47:48 -0400
This is immoral and just what Ontarians voted for…we knew very well who we voted for and willingly brought in this bunch of conscienceless crooks…the fox is in the hen house and is gorging on our blood…get used to it…we gave them 4 years to drain the coffers…they will be asking for a lot more of our blood before this is over. Time to move to Alberta…only 6,413 on their sunshine list…so depressing here in Ontario, eh, Joan…I so agree…bet you didn’t vote them in either?
commented 2015-03-28 22:34:30 -0400
Get ready for another bond downgrade. Possibly in April. Then, I believe, we will be just 2 grades above junk bond status!

What’s another billion dollars+ in interest payments?!
commented 2015-03-28 16:47:31 -0400
@ Doug
Yea, so am I, but buy percentage of total population it is higher than Ontario.
commented 2015-03-28 15:02:18 -0400
I am shocked the Sunshine list published by Alberta is only 6413.
commented 2015-03-28 13:23:43 -0400
This story makes me so depressed I haven’t yet read any coverage of it.
commented 2015-03-28 10:04:39 -0400
James, I think the complaint is not the wage these people receive as much as the difference between same job types from private to public. The public sector employees are getting significantly higher pay for the same job & then they also get full health benefits and an envious pension plan that most private sector employers simply cannot afford, plus sick days, plus banking sick days. The private sector simply cannot match those wages and benefits, yet the public sector gets them on the very back of those private sector workers. Nothing like paying for someone else doing the same job to live a better life and retirement when the private sector worker struggles to make ends meet, let alone save for retirement.

THAT is the issue.
commented 2015-03-28 08:57:52 -0400
Really, so what. May be the band should be moved to 200,000 as salaries have gone up over the years, and a 100,000 is more common now, I know the average Canadian earns $45,000, and I do understand the frustrations of those who do not earn high salaries, due to Government cut I went from a $90K salary to a $45K salary at 60, driving construction trucks, an boy do I see lot of people work at very physical, dirty jobs, but this is the way it works out in life, we need both sides of the jobs, the high earners buys that house the construction guys build.
commented 2015-03-27 23:29:59 -0400
If private companies, consultants, and whatever are doing business with the province then their salaries should also be reflected on that list. That is a fair request. If there are legal reasons why that cannot be divulged, then that should be indicated as well. I’m all for transparency with respect to what the government spends.
commented 2015-03-27 22:40:14 -0400
High salaries may be a part of the problem, but I think it’s a relatively small part. The biggest problem I think is the layers, upon layers, upon layers of bureaucracy that separates top management from those in the field, who actually deliver the services to the public. Having been a public sector worker myself, I can attest that many of those management layers are not only unnecessary and redundant, but in many cases, the tax payer would be much better off if they paid them to stay home and never show up for work. I’m serious! Many of those upper management types actually hinder the delivery of services, not facilitate it. If they just wouldn’t show up for work, things would go so much smoother.
commented 2015-03-27 20:37:59 -0400
What Mr. Thomas saying about private sector companies that do business with the government, that their salaries should be made public also. Listen I don’t really care what the individuals are getting paid by their company that does business with the government. All I need to know is how much the government is paying the company to do a job. And you know as well as I do Mr. Thomas that is already made public. What bothers me is we don’t know this cost before hand. Now that would be true transparency!
commented 2015-03-27 20:16:51 -0400
They will be held accountable for this corruption by the people of Ontario at the polls!!! Well it sounds sensible but totally implausible. Ontario cannot recover from this takeover by the unions and socialists. What a pathetic mess they created, and Toronto voters encouraged and endorsed each and every wacky and insane policy.
commented 2015-03-27 19:43:33 -0400
I would bet that Alberta’s sunshine list would average higher and more people. Over paid bureaucraps!
commented 2015-03-27 19:37:28 -0400
Unions have a place, and smokey is at least talking what a Union should be doing…making people accountable.
Nouveau Brunswick wouldn’t have the same number but I bet if you look at it as a ratio, we actually could have more than the reported number in Ontario
commented 2015-03-27 19:20:54 -0400
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.
Margaret Thatcher

With 1/3rd the population of California and at least double the debt (and increasing rapidly) of that state, ‘Onterrible’, is more than officially out of other peoples’ money!