Surely social assistance rates will also rise?
TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - On Remembrance Day the Ontario Liberal
government quietly announced pay raises of between $16,000 and $49,000
for 29 MPP who will become parliamentary assistants to a slimmed down
Ontario cabinet of just 22 members.
"By this bold signal that the austerity agenda stops at Ontario's
borders, the Liberal caucus sends a message of hope to the poorest in
Ontario," said Michael Hurley, President of CUPE's Ontario Council of
Hospital Unions (OCHU). "These increases of between 14 per cent and 42
per cent would make such an enormous difference if they were also
applied to people receiving social assistance and disability
The 29 parliamentary assistants will receive an additional $16,667 on
top of an MPP's salary of $116,000. The whip will receive an additional
$21,000 and cabinet members an additional $49,000, also on a base
salary of $116,000. Only 1 of 53 Liberal MPPs will not receive a
substantial increase, making this an unprecedented announcement in its
scope. Effectively, 98 per cent of the Liberal caucus has been
reclassified and given a pay raise.
"People on social assistance cannot remember the time they last ate
until they were full. The health of tens of thousands of children is
being seriously compromised through ongoing malnourishment. It is time
to raise the rates of assistance and disability." Hurley said.
Social assistance paid a single person $663 a month in 1994. In December
2011 it will pay $599. With a room in a major Ontario city costing $400
a month, single social assistance recipients have $6.60 a day for all
necessities of life. 474,000 women, children and men receive Ontario
Works benefits and 397,000 receive Ontario disability benefits.
SOURCE Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
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