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BTC: How much is that cabinet in the window?


 

Canada’s new ministry is 37 strong. Twenty-four ministers. Twelve ministers of state. One government house leader.

Ministers and ministers of state each make $74,400 in addition to their base salaries as MPs. The official pay scale makes no specific allowance for government house leaders, but as they are listed within the ministry, let’s assume they are entitled to the same bonus. Ministers also receive a $2,122 car allowance.

If our math is correct—and not affording Jay Hill a car allowance—that puts the total tab for this cabinet at $2,803,728.

For the sake of comparison, Stephen Harper’s first cabinet numbered 26. Twenty-four ministers. One leader of the government in the Senate. One President of the Treasury Board. Using this year’s pay scale, that cabinet would have cost the government $1,985,328. 

A difference of $818,400.

In other news, Jim Flaherty is warning public sector employees not to expect large wage increases whenever their next contracts need to be negotiated. “We are confident,” he said this week, “that every stakeholder involved in the process of setting public-sector compensation will show commitment and accountability to act in the public interest and strike the proper balance.”


 

BTC: How much is that cabinet in the window?

  1. This is the man who just called some extra by-elections because he planned to call a general election, so throwing our money away is something that comes naturally to Harper. And given some of the people in his cabinet, yes, this is throwing money away.

  2. I’ve got a better one. Here’s what Harper said about his smaller cabinet two and a half years ago.

    The 26-member cabinet (27 including Harper) is one of the smallest in years, which Conservatives say should allow for more efficiency in Parliament.

    “My smaller Cabinet and more streamlined Cabinet structure are designed for work, not for show,” said Harper in a statement released Monday.

    Since his latest cabinet is 46% bigger than his first one it must be 46% less efficient and designed for show.

  3. perhaps a maclean’s blogger with the information at hand could give a quick recap for us of how many governments have begun with a “smaller, more streamlined cabinet” only to see it balloon in later shuffles. As I understand it, it’s a fairly common phenomenon.

  4. If ‘fairly common’ is what Harper had in mind, i think he hit the nail on the head. Of course, backing away and renegging on promises probably is the norm, too. Right Mike-T?

  5. A 46% percent bigger cabinet and STILL comes out with the highest percentage of women ever. Pretty good job. And probably worth $800,000 measley bucks…

  6. Imagine how big his cabinet would have to be if he won as many seats as Mulroney, or even Chretien?

  7. it is worth noting that many public servants have been trying to negotiate in good faith for the economic/inflation increase for years, so will they now be deprived of the benefit for when times were better?

  8. definitely worth noting

  9. With Jay Hill, there is nothing to assume. He is a Minister of State and would get the appropriate salary.

  10. I thought 26 was too big.

    Taken in order from the globbe’s site

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081030.wnewcabinet1030/BNStory/politics/home

    Small Business & Tourism NO
    Health YES
    Labour NO*
    Atlantic Pork NO
    Transport YES
    National Revenue NO**
    State-Agriculture NO
    Foreign YES***
    Industry YES
    N Ontario Pork NO
    Trade NO***
    AP Gateway NO
    HRDC YES*
    Finance YES
    State-Demo Reform NO
    State-Paul Wells Porn NO
    State-Women NO
    House Leader YES
    Immigration YES
    State-FA Americas NO
    Quebec Pork NO
    State-Seniors NO
    State-Sport NO
    Defence YES*****
    Atlantic Pork 2 NO
    State-Transport NO
    Heritage YES
    Justice YES
    Whip YES
    International Co-op NO***
    Public Works YES
    Environment YES
    Natural Resources NO****
    Agriculture NO****
    Fish NO****
    Indians YES
    Veterans NO*****
    Treasury YES**
    Police State YES
    Intergovernmental YES
    Quebec Pandering NO
    Western Pork NO

    19 for me. The *** represent actually worthwhile things being joined with the really important departments.

    I merged Agri-Fish-Resources into a new Minsiter of Hewing and Drawing.

  11. perhaps a maclean’s blogger with the information at hand could give a quick recap for us of how many governments have begun with a “smaller, more streamlined cabinet” only to see it balloon in later shuffles. As I understand it, it’s a fairly common phenomenon.

    Without even looking it up: All of them. That’s how many.

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