Premier Gallant announces MLA cabinet pay cuts

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Premier Brian Gallant today announced that he and members of the cabinet will take a pay cut, effective April 1.

“Achieving our goals of creating jobs, righting our fiscal ship and supporting New Brunswick families means leading by example,” said Gallant. “We will be making difficult decisions, and we want to make these decisions together. To do so, we understand that we must start with ourselves.”

Gallant will introduce amendments to the Executive Council Act to reduce ministerial salaries by 10 per cent and the premier’s salary by 15 per cent. These reduction measures will be in effect until the budget is balanced. The premier and cabinet ministers currently earn annual salaries of $79,000 and $52,614 respectively, in addition to the base annual MLA salary of $85,000.

The MLA salary will be subject to an independent review later this year. Gallant said he will let that process unfold, but made it clear that he will not support any increase in MLA salaries.

“We are facing many challenges as a province which will require us to make hard choices together,” Gallant said. “The wage reduction measures I am announcing today are a reflection of our government’s commitment to reduce spending and a demonstration that we are all in this together. Nothing is off the table and we are starting with ourselves.”

The provincial government launched its strategic program review in January with a goal of eliminating the provincial deficit.

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