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Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:50 am Post subject: people who ride the Go Train are worth less ?
( I've been to Guelph before and I can't honestly believe that city has voted for this lady since 2003 ? is this really there idea of quality representation ? its hard to believe she really said this comment , so out of touch its not even believable )
Liz Sandals causes another Liberal train wreck
First posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 12:01 AM EST | Updated: Sunday, February 05, 2017 08:56 AM EST
Treasury Board President Liz Sandals either is completely out of touch with the common man or says whatever is on her mind without thinking (perhaps both). (TORONTO SUN/FILES)
Senior Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Liz Sandals says most of the people who ride on the Go Train don’t have exceptional talent.
Below is exactly what she said, after she was asked by the media Thursday what people who ride the Go Train should think of the massive salary hikes being proposed for senior public sector executives after a five-year wage freeze.
Government agencies like Ontario Power Generation (responsible for nuclear energy), Metrolinx and 24 community colleges have been asking for huge salary increases for senior executives as the freeze lifts.
For example, up to 50% for some community college presidents.
Replied Sandals upon leaving a Liberal cabinet meeting: “When you really stop and think of it, most people sitting on the Go Train probably don’t have high-level nuclear qualifications, or the business qualifications, to run a multi-billion-dollar corporation. The talent is exceptional to be in those exceptional positions.”
Oy vey! Who needs satire when Liberal cabinet ministers — Sandals holds the senior financial portfolio of treasury board president — say stuff like this?
First, Sandals wasn’t asked for her opinion on the qualifications of Go riders.
Second, even Deputy Premier Deb Mathews and Premier Kathleen Wynne, said many of the sought after wage hikes were too high and the government won’t pay them.
(This, no doubt, is why Sandals apologized for her “insensitive” remarks on Friday.)
Third, when it comes to “exceptional” intelligence, Sandals, as education minister, was the bright light who said in October 2015 that the Liberal government didn’t need itemized receipts for the $2.5 million it was giving to teacher unions to cover the cost of their contract talks with the government.
Why? Because as she put it at the time: “We know what hotel rooms cost, we know what meeting rooms cost, we know what the food costs, we know what 100 pizzas cost. You don’t need to see every bill when you’re doing an estimate of costs. I don’t ask.”
Oy vey, again.
The other question this begs is why are Liberal government agencies asking for huge raises for their executives after the five-year freeze?
When the Liberals told them to make their proposals, did they not explain that a “freeze” in salary doesn’t mean that at the end of the freeze you ask for a wage catch-up of up to 10% annually, for each of the previous five years?
That’s what some community colleges were requesting for their presidents and we see a similar spendthrift attitude in many of the requests from the public service.
Does no one in the Liberal cabinet understand that when you lift a salary freeze, annual pay increases should be at the same pace, or, considering Ontario’s dire financial straits, at a lower pace, than before the freeze was imposed?
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