Sask Party MLAs gave a 14% raise to Crown Execs
But little to working people
Wrong priorities, Sask Party.
WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?
The Sask Party government blew record revenues, cut public services and jobs, raised your PST, and refuses to offer fair wage increases to public sector workers.
Meanwhile, government is handing over millions of dollars in raises to Crown executives, MLAs, and the premier's political staff.
Just how much?
In 2017/18, compensation for executives and senior managers at Saskatchewan's four major Crown corporations rose by 14 per cent. That's an extra $2.2 million paid to just 53 high-earning employees.
At SaskPower alone, compensation costs for executives and senior managers increased by 19.8 per cent in 2017/18. At SaskTel, those costs rose by 14.8 per cent compared to the year before.
SaskPower president and CEO Michael Marsh saw an annual increase of $80,000, while SGI president and CEO Andrew Cartmell received a $105,000 jump from the previous year. Former SaskPower executive Brian Ketcheson topped the list with compensation of $646,000 in 2017/18 – an increase of $275,000 from the previous year.
Since 2007, pay for executives and senior managers at Saskatchewan's three biggest Crowns has increased at more than twice the rate of other employees. While employee salaries are up 35 per cent, executive salaries are up by 76 per cent.
Nine staffers, who make up Premier Scott Moe's inner circle, earn between $12,500 and $22,329 per month. Altogether, these nine earn over $1.6 million per year.
Premier Scott Moe gave himself and Saskatchewan MLAs a 3.5 per cent wage increase last year, which saw their annual base salaries rise from $92,816 to $96,183. In total, Sask Party MLAs received an extra $200,000.
In 2018, the Sask Party government appointed 13 of its MLAs as "Legislative Secretaries" — special titles that came with extra allowances of $3,000 or more per year.
Government claims it needs to make cuts in order to balance the budget. But it's clear that there's a double standard when it comes to fair wage increases and who is expected to pay for its mismanagement and waste.
Speaking of waste... to find out where else the money went click here.
WHERE THE MONEY WENT
GTH land scam
Millions in taxpayers’ money was wasted buying land at inflated prices. And millions of dollars ended up in the pockets of a Sask Party donor and an Alberta business associate of former cabinet minister Bill Boyd.
The GTH itself
Land purchases cost $13 million, and legal settlements totaled $11 million. The GTH is $40 million in debt and growing, and interest charges on its loan exceed $500,000 a year.
Private bus service subsidy
The Sask Party government provided a $500,000 subsidy for a bus service that shuttles employees of the private businesses at the GTH to and from Regina. During the past four years, the GTH has used the contractor to provide a bus service designed primarily to deliver and collect employees of the Loblaws warehouse. Loblaws had a net profit last year of $1.5 billion.
Government is handing out hundreds of millions of dollars to consultants. Spending on consultants rose by 228 per cent between 2009 and 2014.
$40 million was handed to a U.S. consultant, and a University of Saskatchewan study found that for every dollar saved by Lean, the province spent $1,511.
Tens of millions of dollars will be lost each year. The main reason: government dropped the mark-up to give private retailers a wider profit margin.
Payouts to unsuccessful bidders
In 2016, the province paid $5.6 million in honorariums to corporations that were unsuccessful bidders on P3 projects.
Nearly $2 billion was handed to a French multinational corporation to build a bypass around Regina. An Alberta company will be paid an undisclosed amount to plow and sand the 60 km of highway for 30 years.
The Sask Party added three new MLAs to the Legislature at a cost of almost $700,000 a year.
After spending $37 million on faulty smart meters, SaskPower had to remove and replace all of them, at a cost of as much as $15 million more.
SaskPower was forced to pay almost $20 million in penalties to Cenovus Energy, when the new $1.5 billion Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage plant failed to capture enough carbon to sell to the energy company.
In 2013, the Sask Party sold 69 per cent of Information Services Corporation. In just the first three years of privatization, we lost $41 million in revenue. By 2025, we will have foregone more revenue than we got from the sale of ISC shares.
Cannabis profit giveaways
The Sask Party chose to hand over the wholesaling and retailing sides of the cannabis industry to private companies. Rather than let a publicly-owned entity collect profits for Saskatchewan people, the revenue will instead go to a few owners and shareholders — with small local businesses disadvantaged by a model that favours big corporations.