A truly open and accountable municipal government would totally do this…

I’ve had a couple of calls today — in response to our story on local public employees earning more than $100,000 (can’t remember if it’s online or not yet) — about Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure legislation, and why Collus employees aren’t listed (or, at least, why ‘one’ isn’t listed. But anyway…).

Well, here’s the scoop…

Back in 1996, when the Conservative government passed the legislation, Ontario Hydro employees were included. However, municipally-owned entities such as Collus that fall under the Ontario Business Corporation Act didn’t have to reveal salaries (even though, in a sense, they’ve public employees as well).

Now, when the provincial government changed up the electricity marketplace and created three corporations to replace Ontario Hydro, those companies fell under that same Act and were no longer required to publish salaries — that is, until the Liberals came along and decided a light needed to be shone…

However, when the Liberals revised the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, they only applied it to the provincial electrical entities, and not municipally-owned electrical distribution companies.

Here’s where our municipal government comes in…

The Town of Collingwood does not have the ability to unilaterally reveal the salaries (if they’re over the $100,000 mark) of Collus employees, because of the Ontario Business Corporation Act (or, at least, that’s what I’m told). However, town council does have the ability — nay, the responsibility, the moral obligation, etc., etc. — to consider a motion asking the province to revise the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act to include municipally-owned electrical distribution companies. Said motion could then be forwarded to every municipality in Ontario, as well as the Minister of Finance…

Let’s see which councillors “has the guts, has the nuts,” as Councillor Joe Gardhouse once commented at the council table, to put forward that particular notice of motion…

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