Earlier, we wondered whether the premier's deputy minister Jessica McDonald could, if she receives her maximum payable salary of $348,600, become the highest paid provincial civil service head in Canada. After all, Ontario's recently departed cabinet secretary Tony Dean was paid $301,772.17 in 2007, having joined the public service in 1998. Meanwhile, Alberta's executive council deputy minister Ron Hicks had a base salary of $257,496 in fiscal 2006/07. Under an order in council approved on July 30, the salary for that post will increase on April 1, 2009 to $264,576 - seven months after Mr. Hicks retires after a 28-year career in government.
August 9, 2008