Brad Johns calls for Liberals to increase transparency across all municipalities

October 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm

MLA Brad Johns says all municipalities should release $100,000+ salaries.

Progressive Conservative MLA and critic for Municipal Affairs Brad Johns wants the McNeil Liberals to require all municipalities to release a public list of employees who make six-figure salaries.

In 2016, the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) started releasing its list identifying employees who earn $100,000 or more per year. Johns introduced a Bill today in the Legislature that would require all municipalities to follow suit. He believes it would help increase public confidence and transparency in all levels of government.

“It’s important this information is available for taxpayers because it increases accountability and confidence,” says Johns. “HRM released its list and all municipalities across the province should as well. It’s a responsible and common-sense policy to have in place. Taxpayers deserve to know.”

This Bill will increase transparency and accountability at all levels of government, and align the financial disclosure of all municipal employees to that of employees at the provincial level, as well as, HRM employees.

“Teachers, provincial public-sector workers and Nova Scotia Health Authority employees, for example, all disclose their salaries. There’s no reason for municipalities not to do the same” says Johns. “The McNeil Liberals have a chance to show taxpayers their government takes accountability seriously by passing this important legislation.”