Adding “insult to injury”……McGuinty’s severance package 1/3 million tax payer’s $$$$$

Posted: October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

The “unwashed and unclean of Ontario” (the workers) when they QUIT their jobs not only don’t get severance packages but basically have to grovel and beg on their knees for any Employment Insurance benefits in order to buy food and look for another job and not much more, like mortgage payments, electricity bills not to mention any kind of entertainment or dinners “out”!

BUT, make the decision to become a politician where you can screw the taxpayer, spend to your hearts content to keep your buddies in caviar and a high end lifestyle on someone else’s dime, make laws that protect you from being held responsible and ruin the lives of millions of hard working people YET scoop up a truckload of cash if you decide to quit because your being investigated for contemptuous acts!

There is something basically wrong here, both morally and honourably, but of course it’s all legal in the sickening, twisted and bizarre world of Provincial Politics!

McGuinty eligible for a hefty severance package



Provincial politicians quitting the Ontario legislature won’t leave empty-handed.

Premier Dalton McGuinty, who’s calling it a day after 22 years in office, nine years in the top job, is entitled to collect a $313,461 severance payment.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and Energy Minister Chris Bentley — who have also announced they’re packing it in before the next election — could walk away with cheques worth $248,777.

Liberal leadership contenders former Liberal Economic and Development Minister Sandra Pupatello, who chose not to run in 2011, and former Environment Minister John Wilkinson, who voters dismissed that same year, also each qualified for a $248,777 severance.

Former Tory MPP Elizabeth Witmer left her Kitchener-Waterloo office shortly after she was re-elected in 2011, sparking a by-election, was offered a $194,580 severance pay out.

Greg Sorbara whose sudden departure from office launched a Vaughan byelection, was eligible for a $174,825 severance.

Gregory Thomas, federal/Ontario director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said the general rule of thumb in Ontario is one month’s pay for each year served but some of these politicians are getting double that amount.

“It’s kind of rich,” Thomas said. “It sets politicians apart as a separate class of people who have a special set of rules that apply only to them. I don’t think most people in Ontario would believe that if you quit you should get severance.

“Historically, politicians didn’t get severance because it wasn’t deemed a career or a job — it was something you did to serve the community. And we’ve gradually evolved this class of professional politicians,” Thomas said.



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