Last week, The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer reported the provincial government is "individually reviewing each of the more than 100 deputy and assistant deputy ministers" to determine how much of a pay hike they'll receive. This, after the government made a controversial decision to increase their maximum payable salaries - by up to 21.88 percent for assistant deputies, 34.93 percent for deputies and 42.91 percent for the deputy to the premier. According to Mr. Palmer "the Liberals say the actual increases" for individual bureaucrats "will be nothing like the maximums," with the result "scheduled to be release this month." And our understanding is that announcement - which could be made early next week - may include a technical briefing for the media, followed by comments from a public official.
September 18, 2008