Canadian Taxpayers Federation demands a 20 per cent wage cut to Alberta’s top bureaucrats

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“We now have a massive deficit and skyrocketing debt that we need to deal with,” he said. “We’re going to need to see cuts across the board and the best place to start is at the top of the pyramid with the leaders in the bureaucracy. Long gone are the days when Albertans should be asked to pay a big premium for top bureaucrats.”

Last year, Alberta MLAs unanimously voted to slash their own pay by five per cent to $120,936, with Premier Jason Kenney taking a 10 per cent reduction, bringing his salary down to $186,180.

Terrazzano said this was a step in the right direction.

Deputy ministers, who are the most senior public servants in each of the province’s 22 ministries, provide support to their minister and oversee day-to-day operations. According to the province’s website, the salary range for senior officials ranges from $213,476 to $286,977.

Terrazzano said the data in their report is based on the average compensation from Alberta’s salary and severance disclosure and other provincial government documents.

The total number of deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers has ranged over the years from as many as 127 in 2017 to 109 in 2015. Terrazzano said the majority of staff on the list are assistant deputy ministers.

Jerrica Goodwin, press secretary to Finance Minister Travis Toews, said in an email the Alberta government is committed to fiscal responsibility.

“The broad goal is to align public-sector compensation with other provinces,” she said. “A salary freeze for all non-union Alberta public service employees has been in place since 2016. This includes assistant deputy minister and deputy ministers and means that they have not received any sort of raise or cost of living increases since 2015.”

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