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  • Ron Tizzard
    December 23, 2012 - 15:23

    I agree with Ken completely. People who work for government are 'Public Servants", be they MHAs or a person dusting desks. Citizens of the province in the final analysis, are the 'deep-pockets' from which Public Servant salaries are paid be they The Premier, and on down. The salaries, including any bonus monies paid out of any Public Servant, high or lo, including 'elected politiicians' should be available upon request y any citizen of the province. If not, why not? These people work for me. I don't care what they do with their earnings, that's private stuff....but, the WAGES of any Public Servant...FROM THE PREMIER ON DOWN SHOULD BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY ANY MEMBER OF THE pROVINCE, INCLUDING THE PRESS. If otherwise, then there should be a very good reason...apart from 'privacy issues'. There is no privacy in the Public Sector. Why would the salaries be private information, if you, as a public servate, actually earned the salary? Personally, I think the salaries of POLITICIANS are what's at issue here. Many Politicians must feel personally guilty/shamed at the money they earn...and the qustion has to be asked...why? For many years, I was a public servant, I was never ashamed of the money I earned...personally, I always felt cheated about the LOWER-END money I earned, as a union member...then laterally, as a non-union PUBLIC SERVANT;. But, I PERFROMED WITH NO APOLOGIES OFFERED...no sense of shame. The public is paying the salary bills...the public has a right to know who (or position) is getting what level of pay? What is the tragedy in publicizing all salary levels of ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS...if they earn the money i.e. they perform as expected...why not release the the money they earn? It's not personal information! The salary-paying public, per tax payments, has a right. to know.

  • Ken Collis
    December 13, 2012 - 08:44

    Mr. Minister, may I respectfully submit that if, as you state, and I quote "Employment or educational history, personal recommendations and personnel evaluations are examples of information that are considered to be harmful to an employee if released." then that person should be looking for a new job. As well, " The disclosure of specific benefits of a public service employee such as an exact bonus amount could indicate their performance in the workplace" Are you suggesting that public employees are entitled to bonuses for doing less than a stellar job? Would not getting a bonus show the exact opposite of the excuse you are using for keeping secerets from me about the way you spend my money? I am proud to tell everyone that I got a performance bonus at work.

    • Ron Tizzard
      December 23, 2012 - 15:06

      I agree with Ken completely. People who work for government are 'Public Servants", be they MHAs or a person dusting desks. Citizens of the province in the final analysis, are the 'deep-pockets' from which Public Servant salaries are paid be they The Premier, and on down. The salaries, including any bonus monies paid out of any Public Servant, high or lo, including 'elected politiicians' should be available upon request y any citizen of the province. If not, why not? These people work for me. I don't care what they do with their earnings, that's private stuff....but, the WAGES of any Public Servant...FROM THE PREMIER ON DOWN SHOULD BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY ANY MEMBER OF THE pROVINCE, INCLUDING THE PRESS. If otherwise, then there should be a very good reason...apart from 'privacy issues'. There is no privacy in the Public Sector. Why would the salaries be private information, if you, as a public servate, actually earned the salary? Personally, I think the salaries of POLITICIANS are what's at issue here. Many Politicians must feel personally guilty/shamed at the money they earn...and the qustion has to be asked...why? For many years, I was a public servant, I was never ashamed of the money I earned...personally, I always felt cheated about the LOWER-END money I earned, as a union member...then laterally, as a non-union PUBLIC SERVANT;. But, I PERFROMED WITH NO APOLOGIES OFFERED...no sense of shame. The public is paying the salary bills...the public has a right to know who (or position) is getting what level of pay? What is the tragedy in publicizing all salary levels of ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS...if they earn the money i.e. they perform as expected...why not release the the money they earn? It's not personal information! The salary-paying public, per tax payments, has a right. to know.

  • Kim Jon Hutchings
    December 13, 2012 - 07:54

    Pathetic Keith, you know it and everyone else in this province knows it. Tell steve Kent to keep the caps on those Black Markers on account of the fumes. Historic Hard tory times or is that a secret too.