You probably saw this stuff but just in case you didn’t, the Census data on wages was released thsi week. Full time, full year wages (in 2005 dollars) went up 1.5% from 2000 to 2005 – less than the national average and NS and NL. But better than ON and QC – but those two were already considerably higher.
We don’t have a lot of free data yet on wages by occupations but we do have it for nursing and teaching jobs. I realize that nurses and teachers are going to say they were underpaid to begin with – fine – I have no argument but you did okay during the Lord regime for wage increases. Nurses – best inflation adjusted growth rate in Canada. Teachers were third best in Canada. I will be curious to see other public sector wages over that time frame. My hunch is they similarly got the good stuff. And they (Freddy) dumped ol’ Lord like week old tomatoes. Ooops.