The province has introduced legislation to force an MLA salary cut.
They want a reduction of 3.5 per-cent, something the NDP agreed to, however will not be taking unless Ministers take a 20 per-cent cut.
After the NDP decided to not attend Board of Internal Economy meetings, the province felt introducing the legislation was a necessary action.
Jeremy Harrison Minister of the Economy said even though they have introduced the legislation, they remain hopeful the official opposition will agree on the salary reduction before the bill passes.
Harrison also said they feel more than enough leadership has been shown when it comes to internal reductions.
“We’ve cut ministerial travel costs by 70 per-cent from when the NDP were government, we have 25 fewer staff in executive council and costs are down significantly there. So as far as showing leadership across executive government, we are absolutely doing that,” Harrison said.
The NDP seem to be on the opposite side of the spectrum, with legislation now in the picture David Forbes NDP MLA for Saskatoon Centre said they want it to be clear they are in favor of an MLA pay cut, but not until the province takes more responsibility for the current financial situation, a deficit of at least $1.2 billion.
“We are committed to the 3.5 per-cent wage cut, but we need to see this cabinet be held accountable for the mess that we’re in and they need to take a 20 per-cent cut in their bonuses,” Forbes said.
The NDP has also said they want five less MLA’s before they will take the pay cut.
The bill will be read for a second time on Tuesday.
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