Story One: Home for portrait gallery nixed
Citing the uncertain economic conditions, James Moore, newly appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced yesterday evening that after years of stops and starts and squabbles, the selection process to grant the new gallery to one of three competing cities has been canceled.
“In this time of global economic instability, it is important that the federal government continue to manage its own affairs prudently and pragmatically.”
Story Two: Harper's bigger cabinet to cost extra $3.9M in salaries
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's enlarged cabinet could cost taxpayers an additional $3.9 million in salaries alone for extra ministers and staff.
The total cost of staffing ministerial offices, roughly $24.2 million in salaries, has grown by 19 per cent with last week's shuffle and has jumped 42 per cent since the Tories presented their first cabinet in 2006.
Story Three: How much is that cabinet in the window?
The Prime Minister’s Office just announced the appointments of 27 parliamentary secretaries, each entitled to a bonus of $15,600, amounting to a total of $421,200 in extra salary.Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers