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Severance pay to political staff tops $1.7 million following Manitoba 2023 Election


Severance pay to political staff tops $1.7 million following Manitoba 2023 Election.
Manitoba political severance pay tops $1.7 million.

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune


Winnipeg, February 20, 2024 - In the wake of last year's Manitoba provincial election, severance payments to political staff have soared to approximately $1.7 million, shedding light on the customary turnover that accompanies shifts in political power.


The election, held on Oct. 3, marked the end of seven years of Progressive Conservative rule as the New Democratic Party (NDP) claimed victory. As is often the case, this change in government brought about a significant shake-up in political staffing positions.


Political staff members, typically aligned with the party in power, faced a transition period following the election results. The turnover led to a wave of severance payments, a fact highlighted by a government web page that discloses such financial transactions.


Dozens of political staff members were listed on the webpage as recipients of severance payments in the weeks following the October election. The amounts varied widely, ranging from less than $10,000 to more than $100,000.


These severance payments underscore the financial implications of political transitions and the significant role that political staff play in the governance process. As administrations change, so too do the faces behind the scenes, reflecting the ebb and flow of political power in Manitoba.

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