While inflation is eating into the purchasing power of Quebecers, the Legault government has just granted salary increases of 6% over one year and one day to senior government officials .
“Our members held the state at arm’s length during the pandemic and they certainly deserve a catch-up equivalent to that of deputy ministers, especially given the inflation we are experiencing. The current situation is completely unfair,” sighs Lydia Martel, first vice-president of the Syndicat de professionnelles et professionels du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ).
“It's unfair that taxpayers have suffered so that senior officials earn more money,” laments in turn Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
Yesterday, the Gazette officielle du Québec has published a decree that reports salary increases of 6.08% between April 1, 2021 and April 2, 2022 for Quebec state mandarins.
Three times more than some
As a comparison, government professionals see their salaries increase by 2% per year, which is well below the inflation.
For example, a deputy minister who earned $239,387 per year in 2021 now earns $14,555 more.
Delegates general, responsible for representing Quebec abroad, received a minimum $135,981 as of April 1, 2021. They now receive $144,249 in addition to “cost of living” allowances and allowances.
Senior civil servants will also benefit from retroactive increases of 1% for 2019-2020 and 1% for 2020-2021.
At the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, it is argued that “as in the past, the salary scales of holders of higher positions are increased by an equal percentage the percentage increase in the salary scales of public service executives, on the same dates”.
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