WINNIPEG -- The Manitoba government is planning to set limits on salaries paid to executives in the public sector.

A bill before the legislature proposes the government set compensation for senior positions at Crown corporations, school divisions, universities and other public bodies.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding says the government wants to ensure salaries are consistent and respectful to taxpayers.

Earlier this year, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen was critical about almost 200 people at the Winnipeg School Division making more than $100,000 annually.

The Opposition New Democrats are accusing the government of interfering in salary negotiations.

NDP finance critic Mark Wasyliw says if the government wants to set salary limits, it should do so in the private sector as well.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2019.