Manitoba’s MLAs will see a bump in their salaries, but not until 2014.
Michael Werier, the independent commissioner appointed to decide MLA salaries, allowances and retirement benefits, has put in place a salary freeze for MLAs and cabinet until April 2014. Werier has also reduced cabinet pay by an additional 20 percent, making Manitoba’s premier and cabinet ministers the lowest-paid in Canada.
As of April 1, 2014, MLA pay will be bumped up 4.6 percent to $89,500, while cabinet ministers will see an increase to $49,000. The premier’s salary will also see an increase of $75,000.
“In making these salary determinations, I have been guided by fairness, reasonableness and equitable compensation,” Werier said in a statement.
These increases are the first pay raise in five years.