Proposed law would set pay limits for Manitoba public-sector executives

Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding said the government wants executives’ salaries to be consistent and respectful to taxpayers. (John Woods/The Canadian Press)

The Manitoba government is planning to set limits on salaries paid to executives in the public sector.

A bill before the legislature proposes the government set compensation for senior positions at Crown corporations, school divisions, universities and other public bodies.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding says the government wants to ensure salaries are consistent and respectful to taxpayers.

Earlier this year, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen was critical about almost 200 people at the Winnipeg School Division making more than $100,000 annually.

The Opposition New Democrats are accusing the government of interfering in salary negotiations.

NDP finance critic Mark Wasyliw says if the government wants to set salary limits, it should do so in the private sector as well.

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