Should your salary be public? Should mine?

By The Big Story

In today’s Big Story podcast, every year, most Canadian provinces release lists of the top wages among public servants. And every year, lots of people get mad about them. It’s easy to say that it’s unfair to publish these names and salaries, as it inevitably makes some people a target. But what if instead, we made more salaries public, not less?

Secrecy around salaries is just another part of Canada’s lack of transparency as a country. From government records to police investigations to any number of things, we prefer to keep things in the dark. And the darker things are, the easier it is for them to remain unequal. There are places in the world where everyone’s salary is public. What would this country look like if your co-workers knew what you made, or vice versa?

GUEST: Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter, The Globe and Mail

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