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Jason Kenney spending over $650K more on staff than Notley did in her first year

Jason Kenney has 19 political staffers who make over $100,000 a year. The highest makes over $224,000, which works out to nearly $20,000 a month. The lowest paid of those 19 makes over $114,000; that’s nearly $10,000 a month.

TitleAnnual salary
Principal Secretary$224,137.94
Executive Assistant to the Premier$114,559.38
Premier’s Speechwriter$149,425.38
Caucus Affairs$119,540.20
Executive Director, Premier’s Southern Alberta Office$194,252.76
Special Advisor, Communications and Deputy Press Secretary$124,521.28
Director of Talent$149,425.38
Tour Manager$114,556.00
Premier’s Chief of Staff$224,137.94
Special Assistant to the Premier$114,559.38
Director, Stakeholder Relations$149,425.38
Principal Advisor$194,252.76
Executive Director, Communications and Planning$194,252.76
Deputy Director, Communications and Press Secretary$159,387.02
Manager, Stakeholder Relations$114,559.38
Special Advisor$149,422.00
Director, Digital Strategy$124,521.02
Director, Operations$149,425.38
Executive Director, Issues Management$194,253.02
Total$2,958,614.36
Annual salary is calculated based on the biweekly salary mentioned in their contract.

Rachel Notley’s staff salary list for her first year had 1 more than Kenney’s, but she included assistants and receptionists.

TitleAnnual salary
Director, Issue Management$159,387.02
Media Officer$109,578.56
Communications Assistant$72,720.44
Director, Tour and Scheduling$149,425.38
Director, Correspondence$69,512.30
Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff$124,521.28
Appointments Coordinator$93,640.04
Executive Assistant to the Premier$84,674.46
Receptionist$69,512.30
Deputy Chief of Staff$174,329.74
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff$84,500.00
Administrative Assistant, Communications$69,512.30
Director, Media Relations$149,425.38
Administrative Assistant, Issues Management$69,512.30
Coordinator, Stakeholder Relations$114,559.38
Director, Appointments$149,425.38
Chief of Staff$224,137.94
Director, Special Projects$149,425.38
Media Officer$109,578.56
Tour Officer$69,512.30
Total$2,296,890.44
Annual salary is calculated based on the biweekly salary mentioned in their contract.

Notley spent $661,724 less on all her staff per year than Kenney is on his 19 most expensive.

Doug Ford, by comparison, has 24 staff making over $100,000 (as of 2018). Kenney has 19. Ontario has 3.5 times the population.

Also interesting, Kenney is spending 68¢ per capita on these 19 staffers. Notley spent 52¢ for all her staffers in her first year. Ford spent 32¢ per capita. Kenney is spending twice as much on his staff per capita than Ford is.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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