ONTARIO SUNSHINE LIST GROWS, HYDRO ONE NO LONGER ON IT
Mar 24, 2016
By Bob Komsic
The number of Ontario public-sector employees who earn over $100,000 reached 115,431 in 2015.
That’s up from 111,440 in 2014 – an increase of almost 4,000 but 3,774 Hydro One workers, who were on that list, are no longer subject to salary disclosure as it’s being partially privatized.
Topping the new list is recently retired CEO of Ontario Power Generation, Tom Mitchell, who received $1.59-million in salary and benefits, followed by U of T president and CEO William Moriarty at $1.47-million.
The threshold for the sunshine list was set 20 years ago, but Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s not about to change the level at which point taxpayers learn who’s getting how much of their money, pointing out $100,000 is a lot of money for many.
She also denies the government’s trying to bury the list by releasing it on the same day as the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi case and at the start of the Easter weekend.
By law, the government has to released the date by fiscal year-end, which is next Thursday.