Martin has stated that they will not get the big fat raise. But what I think is needed is a better method of ensuring that civil servants and politicians are remunerated fairly.
In Ontario the MP salary is 85K in Ottawa its 145K. How is that fair?
In Collections where I work we deal with people who make 5-10 times as much as we do.
I remember sitting down with a client, a trustee, their solicitor and making a compelling argumment that had them all stumped for a second or two.
Then the trustee piped up something like,"Yes but we are making a $150/hour, you can't be right!"
This attitude of entitlement is what civil servants face daily. Sometimes the party is justified but in my area they are often relying on the fact that we are poorly remunerated to avoid their obligations.
When Martin cancels the salary increase for MPs. He is basically saying they are not needed. Dos this not fly in the face of his self proclaimed opposition to the democratic deficit?
I mean he whupped the fiscal deficit. (He thinks anyway. Some may disagree about this.) Now he has the cash to whup the democratic deficit. But does he put the money where his mouth is? Nope - he just flies a flag of convenience and ducks the issue.