The federal election is long in the rearview mirror, but Canadians who worked at the polls are crying foul over having not been paid.
Single mom Karen Hughes from Bowen Island says she was told she would get her money in one to two weeks.
“I took two days off my regular job so that I could do this, because it worked out that I would get paid for four days, and it was going to be extra money that I needed. I live payday to payday.”
But Elections Canada spokesperson John Enwright says there appears to be some misinformation — that it’s always been four to six weeks before poll workers get their paycheques.
“It’s just the way things are done. I can empathize with people who’re looking for their cheques and we’re working hard to get those out. Ninety-seven per cent of the people who worked at the Elections Canada offices at the last election have been paid already and 68 per cent of all the poll workers — the ones who worked at advanced polls or regular polling day — they’ve been paid.”
Enwright anticipates the remaining paycheques should go out by the end of next week.
He says a quarter million Canadians worked during the election, and it takes time to send out that much money.