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Old 11-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Tory staffers to gain financially under new rules

OTTAWA ó If Stephen Harperís Conservatives are re-elected on May 2, political aides in ministerial offices could find a nice bonus when they return to work.

The Harper government has quietly approved increases in the maximum salaries political staffers are entitled to receive.

In addition, suddenly out-of-work staffers could find the blow considerably cushioned if the Tories were to lose the election. Thatís because the government has also approved a 50-per-cent increase in the maximum separation pay political aides can receive ó up to six months from four. Thatís on top of severance pay.

The changes went into effect April 1, just one week before Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced budget cuts to eliminate the federal deficit one year ahead of schedule, in 2014-15. He said that feat would be achieved "by controlling spending and cutting waste."
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