Little less awkward
In future, salary review of Charlottetown council salaries may not affect those currently sitting
Councillors in Charlottetown may not have to worry about reviewing their own pay in the future.
One of the recommendations in an independent report compiled by former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly was that current councils would no longer be put in that situation.
Instead, he recommends that councils vote to have an independent review begin during the final year of its mandate and that any changes would not go into effect before a new council took office.
In Charlottetown’s case, that means the present council would begin the process in 2018, before an election was held.
“I think that’s a really good recommendation,’’ Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said Monday. “Quite frankly, it’s awkward for elected officials at any level to deal with their salaries. Hopefully this will be the last time that you will see a council having to deal with their own salaries.’’
Kevin Lacey, Atlantic Canada’s director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says what Charlottetown should be doing is setting up an independent commission made up of citizens in the community to make decision on salary.
However, Lacey says Kelly’s recommendation is at least a step in the right direction.
“It is a good move. You send the signal to everyone that is running that everyone understands what the pay and benefits are before they start,’’ Lacey said.