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Governor-General cleared over $1-million in salary in 2010

Former U of W president second highest-paid public sector worker in Ontario


 

Governor-General David Johnston made over $1-million dollars as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, making him the second highest paid public sector worker in Ontario. All told, Mr. Johnston made $1,056,813 in salary and bonuses in 2010. Tom Mitchell, President and CEO of Ontario Power Generation, topped the list, making $1,335,000 last year. The Ontario Government’s ‘Public Sector Salary Disclosure’ list contains the names and salaries of 71,478 public sector workers in the province making at least $100,000.

The Globe and Mail


 
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Governor-General cleared over $1-million in salary in 2010

  1. IMO, Ontario's so-called Sunshine Law, permitting disclosure of public sector salaries over $100,000 is losing its ability to generate public outrage, simply because of inflation in the period since that figure was first introduced as the arbitrary benchmark for public servant greed and avarice.

    The list now routinely includes frontline police officers.

  2. IMO, Ontario's so-called Sunshine Law, permitting disclosure of public sector salaries over $100,000 is losing its ability to generate public outrage, simply because of inflation in the period since that figure was first introduced as the arbitrary benchmark for public servant greed and avarice.

    The list now routinely includes frontline police officers.

    • Yup, $100K is no big deal anymore.

      • You're right $100K isn't a big deal but how does a civil servant make over $1,000,000 per year. That is simply out of line.

        • Well they aren't mailmen you know.

        • By being architects, engineers, university presidents, research scientists, economists,etc., etc., who work in public service.

          You want them to work for minimum wage?

        • "You're right $100K isn't a big deal but how does a civil servant make over $1,000,000 per year. That is simply out of line."

          D-oh! I owe you an apology. I carelessly and completely misread your comment and thought you were criticizing the threshold figure of $100,000. My bad.

          The million/per that you question is usually based on available comparables in the private sector. Where exact comparables don't exist, then approximate equivalent roles, in terms of qualifications, size of budget administered, scope and gravity of responsibility, number of employees managed, etc., are analyzed to strike a salary range for the public service position.

          The public service has to stay within range of the private sector in order to recruit quality applicants. There are (actually relatively infrequent) examples of unjustifiable salaries in the public sector. It remains true, however, that many very competent people in public service could demonstrably earn more money in the private sector.

  3. Yup, $100K is no big deal anymore.

  4. You're right $100K isn't a big deal but how does a civil servant make over $1,000,000 per year. That is simply out of line.

  5. Well they aren't mailmen you know.

  6. Well its far better to have someone with apparent intelligence representing the British, English Queen, then a poor Haitian slave with a french separatist hanger on. Time we quit the stupid pandering, and add it to Chamberlains example of what NEVER works. Now we can get behind Mr Harper and his "Qualified" people and work with the greatest Country in the World, the United States. If they are not already sick of the french we been sending there garbling everything and insulting lacking in IQ. Imagine cretin, compared to Prime Minister Harper?

  7. Well its far better to have someone with apparent intelligence representing the British, English Queen, then a poor Haitian slave with a french separatist hanger on. Time we quit the stupid pandering, and add it to Chamberlains example of what NEVER works. Now we can get behind Mr Harper and his "Qualified" people and work with the greatest Country in the World, the United States. If they are not already sick of the french we been sending there garbling everything and insulting lacking in IQ. Imagine cretin, compared to Prime Minister Harper?

    • Huh??

      • I'm with you, LM. That was surreal.

    • "Well its far better to have someone with apparent intelligence representing the British, English Queen, then a poor Haitian slave with a french separatist hanger on."

      If this is some kind of oblique slur on the former Governor-General and her husband, then you must be one sorry piece of work. It's for the protection and tolerance of people like you that the principle of freedom of speech exists. I hope you appreciate your opportunity to abuse that freedom.

      • "Oblique" only to the illiterate. The sensible appointments of Mr Harper will take you trained seals some getting used too! Although, if you never read any, it won't.

      • Good for you!! I think the previous GG was the most down to earth person we have ever had in that position. Others seem only to think of themselves as "Your Excellency"!

    • Stay classy.

  8. By being architects, engineers, university presidents, research scientists, economists,etc., etc., who work in public service.

    You want them to work for minimum wage?

  9. It is noble that he was willing to take the pay cut associated with his new gig. http://www2.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compilations/Gove

    Johnston's regular salary was more like $500k, but it has become commonplace for the BOGs of Canadian universities to make extraordinary payouts to outgoing presidents.

  10. It is noble that he was willing to take the pay cut associated with his new gig. http://www2.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compilations/Gove

    Johnston's regular salary was more like $500k, but it has become commonplace for the BOGs of Canadian universities to make extraordinary payouts to outgoing presidents.

  11. Huh??

  12. I'm with you, LM. That was surreal.

  13. "You're right $100K isn't a big deal but how does a civil servant make over $1,000,000 per year. That is simply out of line."

    D-oh! I owe you an apology. I carelessly and completely misread your comment and thought you were criticizing the threshold figure of $100,000. My bad.

    The million/per that you question is usually based on available comparables in the private sector. Where exact comparables don't exist, then approximate equivalent roles, in terms of qualifications, size of budget administered, scope and gravity of responsibility, number of employees managed, etc., are analyzed to strike a salary range for the public service position.

    The public service has to stay within range of the private sector in order to recruit quality applicants. There are (actually relatively infrequent) examples of unjustifiable salaries in the public sector. It remains true, however, that many very competent people in public service could demonstrably earn more money in the private sector.

  14. "Well its far better to have someone with apparent intelligence representing the British, English Queen, then a poor Haitian slave with a french separatist hanger on."

    If this is some kind of oblique slur on the former Governor-General and her husband, then you must be one sorry piece of work. It's for the protection and tolerance of people like you that the principle of freedom of speech exists. I hope you appreciate your opportunity to abuse that freedom.

  15. Stay classy.

  16. "Oblique" only to the illiterate. The sensible appointments of Mr Harper will take you trained seals some getting used too! Although, if you never read any, it won't.

  17. Johnson is grossly overpaid . He is simply not worth it.

  18. Johnson is grossly overpaid . He is simply not worth it.

    • Canada is the land of overpaid! Other oil producing Countries citizens live on a permanent pension for all, never having to work. Where else would the descendant of a Haitian slave, marry a separatist and think shes the Queen of our Commonwealth!? lol
      At least Conrad Black, had some qualifications! What a wacked out make believe bilingual country.

      • Conrad Black had some qualifications? Glad you used the past tense.

  19. Canada is the land of overpaid! Other oil producing Countries citizens live on a permanent pension for all, never having to work. Where else would the descendant of a Haitian slave, marry a separatist and think shes the Queen of our Commonwealth!? lol
    At least Conrad Black, had some qualifications! What a wacked out make believe bilingual country.

  20. Good for you!! I think the previous GG was the most down to earth person we have ever had in that position. Others seem only to think of themselves as "Your Excellency"!

  21. Why are civil servants to willing to pay each other such outrageous wages and then outrageous payouts to get them to take a hike as in Clitheroe? Have often heard it said that we really need a benevolent dictator to lead us but thats not going to happen until the off shore banks have all our money!

  22. Why are civil servants to willing to pay each other such outrageous wages and then outrageous payouts to get them to take a hike as in Clitheroe? Have often heard it said that we really need a benevolent dictator to lead us but thats not going to happen until the off shore banks have all our money!

  23. Conrad Black had some qualifications? Glad you used the past tense.

  24. The $100,000 benchmark may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it has been rendered meaningless by inflation. As was mentioned above, a police officer who puts in enough overtime gets over $100,000. It’s time to update that benchmark. $150 or $200 thousand would be a more reasonable figure.

  25. The $100,000 benchmark may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it has been rendered meaningless by inflation. As was mentioned above, a police officer who puts in enough overtime gets over $100,000. It’s time to update that benchmark. $150 or $200 thousand would be a more reasonable figure.

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