Saskatchewan politicians to take wage freeze starting with next year

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is proposing that provincial politicians not take a pay raise next year.

It is in response to the $1 billion deficit unveiled this week and the public sector hiring freeze.

Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison says the government will make the proposal to the Board of Internal Economy, and the NDP opposition says it will back the idea.

The same position was taken back in 2015 when oil prices began to drop.

The current rules state salaries for members of the legislature go up every April at the rate of inflation, meaning this year salaries went up 1.6 per cent.

The base salary for an MLA is $96,183, although they can make more depending on their position and duties.