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Ontario Politicians' Wage Freeze: McGuinty Wants To Extend Freeze

03/07/2012 11:40 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT
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TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty wants all elected provincial politicians to extend their pay freeze for another two years.

That would leave their base pay at about $116,000 a year, and McGuinty's salary at about $203,000.

The premier says MPPs should lead by example and urged other workers in the broader public sector to do the same.

The cash-strapped Liberals are facing a $16-billion deficit this year and say a wage freeze would help balance the books by 2017-18.

But his request for broader public sector wage freezes is being rejected by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, which represents about 76,000 education workers whose contract expires in August.

The government is also negotiating with the province's doctors, who have also been asked to accept a wage freeze.

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