NEW: Premier Doug Ford names 43 of his MPPs to be parliamentary assistants, which gives them each a $16,600 bump in pay above the standard MPP salary of $116,500.
Added to his 30-member cabinet, this means 73/83 PCs have extra duties & extra pay. #onpoli
By the way, salaries for all Ontario MPPs (whether backbenchers, parliamentary assistants, Leader of the Opposition or Premier) have been frozen since 2008. #onpoli…
Also, there remain opportunities for the other 10 PC MPPs not on this list to get pay bumps as well: the Speaker, deputy speakers, caucus chair, whip & chairs of legislative committees all get pay hikes too. #onpoli…
If you're wanting to compare Premier Doug Ford's count of 43 parliamentary assistants to previous governments, Kathleen Wynne named 29 parliamentary assistants after winning the 2014 election. #onpoli…
10 @OntarioPCParty MPPs are neither ministers nor parliamentary assistants, but @MPPArnottWHH @ninatangri are running for Speaker @RossRomanoSSM is govt whip.
The rest:
@Aris_Babikian @WillBoumaBrant @gghamari @erniehardeman Lisa MacLeod @LaurieScottPC @SkellyHamilton #onpoli

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