While preaching austerity and promising to balance the budget before the next millennium, seems little Steve's been pretty generous with our money.
A promised pay hike for his staffers and a 50% increase in severance pay when he loses the election on May 2. Hypocrite.
If Stephen Harper's 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. That's because the government has also approved a 50-per-cent increase in the maximum separation pay political aides can receive – up to six months from four. That's on top of severance pay.