Ontario’s “sunshine list” DOESN’T cover all Public employees making over $100,000 per year!

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Touted as an open Government, McGuinty’s so-called “Sunshine List” is supposed to list every single Public Employees making over $100,000 per year…………RIGHT?

WRONG!

When he “bribed Deb Matthews away” from Hudak’s gang with an “appointment” to the WSIB Chair at a miserable $188,000 per year job, a problem arose.

The outgoing Chair, Steve Mahoney, made $129,000 last year, but he wasn’t on the sunshine list.

Now what is going on here?

Well, it appears that anyone who is paid on a Per Diem (per day) basis isn’t eligible to be placed on the “sunshine list” even though he made a miserable $550 per DAY!…….How convenient!

How many more Public Employees “cover their tracks” by being paid every day for that kind of money? BTW……………….that works out to only a miserable $129,000 a year.

Ontario to rewrite Sunshine Law after Sun reporter spots loophole

BY  ,QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU

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Outgoing WSIB chairman Steve Mahoney (Toronto Sun files)

TORONTO – Ontario is rewriting its Sunshine Law after the Toronto Sun uncovered a loophole big enough to drive outgoing WSIB chair Steve Mahoney’s six-figure salary through.

“This is an oversight from when the bill was drafted,” finance ministry spokesman Aly Vitunski said. “They didn’t catch it, we didn’t see it for the past few years. You basically brought it to our attention and we’re going to fix it.”

The loophole allowed the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to leave Mahoney off the annual Sunshine List for five years, even though he made more than $100,000.

Mahoney was paid at least $129,000 a year between 2007 and 2011 — topping out at $146,000 in 2011 after his car and parking are included — but never once appears on the annual salary disclosure list.

That’s because the list is compiled from T4 tax forms. But since Mahoney was paid through a $550-a-day per diem, he could choose to pay his taxes through a T4A form, and thus, slip off the Sunshine law radar.

The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act makes no such distinction between salaried and per diem employees, nor does the federal Income Tax Act definition of income.

Vitunski said the government will now try to fix the problem by amending the budget bill — which this year includes a salary disclosure audit mechanism for the first time, to ensure ministries post the right information about the right people.

READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE:

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Ontario to disclose public sector per diems on salary sunshine list

KEITH LESLIE TORONTO— The Canadian Press

Veteran Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer is shown in a 2003 photo at the Westminister United Church polling station in Waterloo, Ont. - Veteran Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer is shown in a 2003 photo at the Westminister United Church polling station in Waterloo, Ont. | Robert Wilson/The Canadian Press

The Ontario government will move to close a loophole in the sunshine list of public sector workers earning over $100,000 a year, The Canadian Press has learned.

The Liberals will “tighten up the definitions to capture per diem income reported on T4-As,” said a government source who requested anonymity.

The government is still trying to determine how many workers in the broader public sector — about 1.3 million people are paid by Ontario taxpayers — have not been disclosing their per diem incomes.

“It’s not expected to be a significant number,” said the source, “and we’re committed to correcting this oversight and will have numbers soon.”

Questions were raised after the Liberals recently appointed veteran Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer as chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board at a salary of $188,000.

It turns out the outgoing chair, Steve Mahoney, made $129,000 last year, but he wasn’t on the sunshine list.

READ IT ALL HERE:

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