The spring session of the Manitoba Legislature has started, and the Brian Pallister-led PC government has set the tone.
Pallister announced Tory MLAs have agreed to freeze their wages until the next provincial election.
The current pay schedule includes a 1.6 per cent annual cost of living increase to take effect April 1, and each PC MLA will hand back that increase via a personal cheque to the provincial government for this coming fiscal year.
MLAs salaries are determined by an independent commissioner who reviews MLA pay and benefits.
Pallister stated his party wants to set an example as they take on “fiscal challenges” left by the previous NDP government. The Tories are facing a deficit that’s expected to reach 1-billion dollars.
Pallister had previously hinted at possible wage freezes, especially in the public-sector, in an effort to curb spending.