Thanks to the Campbell administration's generosity, the premier's deputy minister Jessica McDonald could now be making $348,600. By comparison, according to the Ontario government's public sector salary disclosure record, Ms. McDonald's counterpart - cabinet secretary Tony Dean - was paid $301,772.17 in 2007. This, prior to his departure from government in January. And, in Alberta, the executive council's most recent annual report states its deputy minister Ron Hicks (who retires on September 5) had a base salary of $257,496 in fiscal 2006/07. So does this mean Ms. McDonald, if she receives her maximum payable salary, could become the highest paid provincial civil service head in Canada?
August 8, 2008