Deb Matthews our minister of advanced education moved quickly to nix a proposal that would have seen some community college presidents getting raises of up to 50 percent. The presidents had been under a salary freeze since 2012 but inflation for the intervening years totals about 6 percent—that is quite a gap—50 percent versus 6 percent. The Wynne government has enough problems without having to deal with the backlash that would accompany such outrageous increases. The raises were recommended by the colleges’ boards of directors and one has to ask where these people got such a hare-brained idea given that they are supposed to represent their communities and should have had at least a tangential notion of what the community is thinking . This happens all too often where boards of directors of public institutions, who would normally be seen as sensible folks—community leaders; get sucked into a board governance bubble and lose perspective. The lamest argument heard in this debate was that community colleges have to pay their leaders more because the system is losing too many presidents to universities and hospitals—also, need we point out, publicly-funded organizations supposedly with civilian oversight. This “rounding-up” (never down) of public sector salaries is the reason so many cities like Hamilton are facing infrastructure deficits. They simply can’t afford to operate their municipalities and squirrel away money for upkeep of infrastructure. In  an environment where labour costs make up the majority of municipal budgets, the public sector bargaining system supported by the province, results in an constant upward spiral of labour costs based on what the least skilful municipality at negotiations was forced to pay its workforce

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