Members of Parliament and Senators voted themselves, through the Board of Internal Economy, to receive a $3,000 pay raise. This raises an MP’s basic salary to $170,400. This pay raise will end up costing taxpayers more than $1 million extra this year, with residual increases to follow after the first year. The MPs and Senators also granted themselves an additional $57,690 for expenses, above the previous $288,450. The Liberal-lead government has approved these pay raises within the first year of their time in power.
Michelle Simson, former Liberal MP, decided to be fair with taxpayers and posted her expenses online while a member of parliament. For that, she was ‘punished’ severely by her party and shunned by the rest of the elected MPs and appointed senators.
What’s the word, or phrase, which best describes the $3,000 pay increase, and $57,000 office expenses increase, the MPs voted for themselves? The Canadian Taxpayers Federation called it a “cruel joke”. Would even one MP ‘dare’ to refuse the money? What would happen to such an MP who decided the pay raise and the office expense increase wasn’t fair to Canadian taxpayers?
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