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Looks like we’re not all in this together, says the CTF.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation released a report Monday showing 528,347 federal and provincial government employees received a pay raise during the pandemic.

Not a single government within Canada lowered staff wages.

“We’re not all in this together,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director with the CTF.

“We’ve seen a tale of two pandemics: one full of private sector pain and the other full of financial gain for bureaucrats and politicians.”

There were 528,347 federal and provincial government employees who received a pay raise during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, according to freedom of information requests obtained by the CTF.

No provincial or federal governments reduced pay for its employees during the pandemic. 

Alberta had 18,884 provincial bureaucrats and university employees who took a pay raise in 2020. 

“We see this over and over again, as taxpayers struggle, government employees keep pocketing more. This is unfair, unjust and has to end. As the (Jason) Kenney government tries to balance the budget it’s essential to get control of runaway government employee costs,” said Kevin Lacey, Alberta director with the CTF.

In BC, a total of

33,336 provincial staff received raises.

“Many British Columbians who are working outside of government took a pay cut, or lost their job or business, so it’s unfair to ask them to pay higher taxes so bureaucrats and politicians can get a pay hike,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director for the CTF.

Members of Parliament have received two pay raises during the pandemic, ranging from an extra $6,900 for backbench MPs to an additional $13,800 for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

MPs are set to give themselves a third pandemic pay raise April 1, 2022. 

“Many Canadians outside of government took a pay cut, lost their job or business, and it’s not fair to ask them to pay higher taxes so bureaucrats and politicians can collect bigger paycheques,” said Terrazzano.

“Politicians and bureaucrats need to help shoulder some of the burden by reversing these pandemic pay hikes.”

You can find the CTF’s pandemic pay raise report here.

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