How Much Do MP’s Earn Annually?
As of the year 2011:
$157,731 for a Member of the House of Commons
* Members who occupy certain offices and positions are entitled to additional remuneration per the Parliament of Canada Act.
** This “basic” salary already places MPs in the high-income group in the top 1% of the total population, including additional wages/benefits from other political positions.
To read more on Detailed Incomes & Pension for Members of Parliament.
|Role in House of Common||$157,731|
|Role as Prime Minister||$157,731|
|total annual income (Conservative Stephen Harper)||$317,574|
* Wow 😯 That’s pretty much the net income. If you subtract a few hundred or thousand dollars for party membership and government due, if any, the net income is still impressive. If you consider pensions, severance packages, and other benefits (health/dental/prescription / etc.), that can quickly add up.
Wait…add $24,420 to Harper’s salary if he’s the Chief Government Whip.
Still yet…add another $11,165 to Harper’s salary if he’s the Caucus Chair.
The prime minister can live in a subsidized house with free rent at 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa.
No wonder every politician wants to be Prime Minister!!! 😯 😯** In case you’re curious about how much Barack Obama makes annually, here it is: The President of the United States earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The salary is in effect starting in 2001 and hasn’t changed since.
How Much Does Leader of Opposition Make?
|Role in House of Common||$157,731|
|Role as Leader of Opposition||$75,516|
|total annual income (NDP Jack Layton)||$235,359|
The official Opposition leader also enjoys a free-rental house at 541 Acacia Avenue, Parliament Hill, Stornoway. The Governor-General resides at Rideau Hall, and the Speaker of House lives at the “Farm” in Gatineau.
How Much Do Ministers Make?
|Role in House of Common||$157,731|
|Role as Cabinet Minister||$75,516|
|total annual income||$235,359|
* The same salary as the opposition leader! This means…the more ministers Harper has, the more taxpayers have to pay to feed them!!!
How Much Do Other Party Leaders Make?
|Role in House of Common||$157,731|
|Role as Party Leader||$53,694|
|total annual income
(Elizabeth May, Bloc Quebecois, Liberal Party)
Cabinet cost soars as Tories look to trim the fat; salaries and perks cost $9M
OTTAWA – Tightening a belt is tricky when you have to wrap it around 39 people.
Stephen Harper’s biggest cabinet ever will have to do some sucking in of its collective gut if the Conservatives are serious about trimming the fat.
The annual salary bill for all the ministers and junior ministers appointed last week is about $9 million — the largest on record.
That’s at a time when the Conservatives are looking to slash $4 billion from the bureaucracy and billions more in the coming years to balance the books.
The prime minister’s team rivals the largest cabinets of Brian Mulroney and Paul Martin.
According to 2011 figures on Parliament’s website, an ordinary MP draws a base salary of $157,731 per year. As prime minister, Harper gets double that plus a car allowance.
Still, Harper’s $317,574 salary to run the country is modest compared with what bank presidents and top executives in the private sector make.
Ministers get $75,516 atop their MP base salary, plus a car allowance. Ministers of state get an extra $56,637, but no car allowance.
Marjory LeBreton gets $132,300 for being a senator and another $75,500 for her role as leader of the government in the Senate.
So with one prime minister, 25 ministers, 11 ministers of state, and government senate and house leaders, it all works out to roughly $9 million in salaries and perks. And don’t forget all those staffers.
The Conservatives quietly approved increases in the maximum salaries political staff are entitled to receive. The changes went into effect April 1, even though Harper has announced budget cuts to eliminate the federal deficit one year ahead of schedule, in 2014-15.
The prime minister said that feat would be achieved “by controlling spending and cutting waste.”
Whether a staffer actually receives the maximum allowable salary is left up to the discretion of each minister, who must still keep within an overall office budget.
But ministers will have a little more money to play with since the government has decreed that their offices should no longer have to foot the bill for international travel by ministers, their staff and parliamentary secretaries. Those costs will now be absorbed by government departments instead.
The Prime Minister’s Office says cabinet salaries are largely covered by MPs’ regular wages.
“Almost two thirds of your cost is actually their salaries as MPs, which would have to be paid whether or not they’re in cabinet,” spokesman Andrew MacDougall said in an email.
Harper has also defended his beefed-up bench.
“I think it’s important to know when you’re talking about austerity, that this government has reduced ministerial budgets significantly,” he said after his cabinet was sworn in at Rideau Hall.
“So the question here is not cost. The question is making sure that we have a ministry that is broad, representative of the country and tries to use people’s talents to the maximum. …
“I think it would be a mistake to try and have a smaller cabinet that would make less use of people.”
Harper’s cabinet ranks in size with Mulroney and Martin’s 39-member teams.
When Mulroney appointed his first Progressive Conservative cabinet in 1984, a minister earned $95,200. There was also a tax-free expense allowance of $17,600, which varied depending on the MP’s riding.
Mulroney made $115,100, plus the tax-free expense allowance, when he took office.
At the time of Martin’s first Liberal cabinet in late 2003, a minister’s salary with car allowance had risen to $208,138. The more junior secretary of state job earned $189,312.
Martin made $280,522 at the time.
Derek Fildebrandt of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says his issue isn’t so much with what cabinet ministers make, but with the pensions they go on to collect at age 55.
“We’re fine that they’re decently compensated,” Fildebrandt said.
“They’re not outrageously compensated. They’re well compensated, but they’re not outrageously compensated. But pension-wise, they are outrageously compensated.”
The group says that for every $1 an MP puts into their pension plan, taxpayers contribute another $4.
Fildebrandt also questioned defeated MPs’ severance packages.
Defeated Conservative cabinet minister Josee Verner wasn’t in the House of Commons long enough to get a pension. But like all MPs who have served fewer than six years, she qualifies for a severance equal to half her salary.
Verner’s nearly $117,000 golden parachute may ease her jump to the Red Chamber — where she will earn $132,300 a year as one of Harper’s three new senators.
Compare that to what a typical Canadian family makes. The median after-tax income of a family of two is $63,900, according to Statistics Canada.
Not many Canadians know about Stornoway — the official residence of her majesty’s loyal opposition. Apparently, neither does Jack Layton.
Layton, who has earned the right to move into the Ottawa-area mansion, told the Toronto Sun he will postpone the move to his new residence until the summer.
“I still don’t know exactly where it is,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do between now and the end of June and I think moves are probably disruptive.”
Situated at 541 Acacia Avenue in the pretigious Village of Rockcliffe Park, just 5.5 kilometres from Parliament Hill, Stornoway is described as a “simple and commodious 2 storey-stucco sheathed house located in spacious grounds.”
The home was built in 1914 for a prosperous Ottawa merchant, Ascanio J. Major. It was given the name Stornoway by its second residents, who chose to honour the geographic region in Scotland from whence their ancestors came.
During World War II, Stornoway was the residence of the Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and her family.
The Government of Canada purchased Stornoway in 1970 and since then it’s been the official abode of the leader of the opposition. The only exception was in 1993, when Bloc Quebecois leader Lucien Bouchard refused to live there.
Stornoway went through extensive renovations between 2002 and 2006 where the kitchen was overhauled, the chimney was repaired, carpets replaced, and hardwood floors refinished. In 2008, former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion ordered an environmental audit, but his eco-retrofits were limited to new energy-efficient light bulbs because of the home’s heritage status.
Stornoway’s assessed value, as of 2008, was $4,225,000.
Stornoway is one of several homes allocated to elected officials. The Prime Minister resides at 24 Sussex Drive. The Govenor General resides at Rideau Hall, and the Speaker of House resides at the “Farm” in Gatineau.
Meet the youngest MP in Canadian history
Pierre-Luc Dusseault was destined for a summer job at a golf course if the whole politics thing didn’t work out. Check out his age .
19-year-old sets record as youngest MP; NDPer planned summer job at golf course
MONTREAL – Nineteen-year-old Pierre-Luc Dusseault planned to work a summer job at a golf course if his foray into federal politics didn’t work out.
He can forget the links.
The teenage longshot is now headed to Ottawa as the youngest member to ever sit in Canada’s federal Parliament, joining dozens of other New Democrats in Quebec who scored unlikely victories on Monday night.
Instead of working his way around the green fairways, he will learn his way around the green parquet of the House of Commons as the new MP for Sherbrooke. His new starting salary is $157,731.
Dusseault ran a grassroots campaign in the university town east of Montreal. He says he always believed he had a chance.
“I did a full-time campaign and I was there to win, I wasn’t there to be a figurehead, I was involved in the debates and I was present on the ground,” Dusseault said.
“I worked to win and our efforts bore fruit.”
Despite the steep learning curve, he said he’s ready more than ready to tackle Ottawa.
The political neophyte is co-founder and president of the NDP association at the Universite de Sherbrooke, where he finished his first year as a political science student.
Dusseault is a self-described political junkie who has already been to Ottawa and visited the House of Commons. He also admits to watching a lot of CPAC, the TV channel that broadcasts parliamentary proceedings.
“I know the game,” Dusseault said confidently.
Dusseault turns 20 at the end of this month. At 19 years, 11 months, he will be the youngest MP ever to serve in Ottawa. He replaces Claude-Andre Lachance, who has held the distinction for over a quarter-century. Lachance was elected as a Trudeau Liberal in 1974 at the age of 20 years, three months, in a Montreal riding.
Coincidentally, Dusseault was also voting for the first time on Monday. His maiden exercise in democracy was a no-brainer — he simply ticked the circle next to his own name.
BC Ridings Elected MP’s
Ed Fast (Abbotsford), Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior), Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-Douglas), Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), Dick Harris (Cariboo-Prince George), Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Delta-Richmond East), Randall C. Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca), Nina Grewal (Fleetwood-Port Kells), Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo), Ron Cannan (Kelowna-Lake Country), David Wilks (Kootenay-Columbia), Mark Warawa (Langley), James Lunney (Nanaimo-Alberni), Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan), Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta), Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam), Andrew Saxton (North Vancouver), Dan Albas (Okanagan-Coquihalla), Colin Mayes (Okanagan-Shuswap), Randy Kamp (Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission), James Moore (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam), Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River), Alice Wong (Richmond), Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands), Nathan Paul Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley), Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale), Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North), Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre), Libby Davies (Vancouver East), John Duncan (Vancouver Island North), Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra), Wai Young (Vancouver South), Denise Savoie (Victoria), John Dunbar weston (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country)
Alberta Ridings Elected MP’s
Lee Richardson (Calgary Centre), Michelle Rempel (Calgary Centre-North), Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East), Devinder Shory (Calgary Northeast), Diane Ablonczy (Calgary-Nose Hill), Jason Kenney (Calgary Southeast), Stephen J. Harper (Calgary Southwest), Robert Anders (Calgary West), Kevin A. Sorenson (Crowfoot), Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre), Peter Goldring (Edmonton East), James Rajotte (Edmonton-Leduc), Mike Lake (Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont), Brent Rathgeber (Edmonton-St. Albert), Tim Uppal (Edmonton-Sherwood Park), Rona Ambrose (Edmonton-Spruce Grove), Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), Brian Jean (Fort McMurray-Athabasca), Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge), Ted Menzies (Macleod), LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat), Chris Warkentin (Peace River), Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer), Leon Benoit (Vegreville-Wainwright), Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul), Blaine Calkins (Wetaskiwin), Blake Richards (Wild Rose), Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead)
Saskatchewan Ridings Elected MP’s
Gerry Ritz (Battlefords-Lloydminster), Lynne Yelich (Blackstrap), David Anderson (Cypress Hills-Grasslands), Rob Gordon Clarke (Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River), Ray Boughen (Palliser), Randy Hoback (Prince Albert), Tom Lukiwski (Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre), Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle), Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt), Kelly Block (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), Ed Komarnicki (Souris-Moose Mountain), Ralph Goodale (Wascana), Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton-Melville)
Manitoba Ridings Elected MP’s
Merv Tweed (Brandon-Souris), Steven Fletcher (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia), Niki Ashton (Churchill), Robert Sopuck (Dauphin-Swan R.-Marquette), Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona), Joy Smith (Kildonan-St. Paul), Candice Hoeppner (Portage-Lisgar), Vic Toews (Provencher), Shelly Glover (Saint-Boniface), James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake), Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre), Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre)
Ontario Ridings Elected MP’s
Chris Alexander (Ajax-Pickering), Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), David Sweet (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale), Patrick Brown (Barrie), Matthew kellway (Beaches-East York), Bal Gosal (Bramalea-Gore-Malton), Parm Gill (Brampton-Springdale), Kyle Seeback (Brampton West), Phil McColeman (Brant), Larry Miller (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound), Mike Wallace (Burlington), Gary Goodyear (Cambridge),Gordon O’Connor (Carleton-Mississippi Mills), Dave Van kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex), Andrew Cash (Davenport), Joe Daniel (Don Valley East), John Carmichael (Don Valley West), David Tilson (Dufferin-Caledon), Dev Oda (Durham), Joe Oliver (Eglinton-Lawrence), Joe Preston (Elgin-Middlesex-London), Jeff Watson (Essex), Ted Opitz (Etobicoke Centre), Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North), Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), Frank Valeriote (Guelph), Diane Finley (Haldimand-Norfolk), Barry Devolin (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), Lisa Raitt (Halton), David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), Wayne Marston (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek), Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), Ben Lobb (Huron-Bruce), Greg Rickford (Kenora), Ted Hsu (Kingston & the Islands), Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre), Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga), Peter Braid (Kitchener-Waterloo), Bev Shipley (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex), Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington), Gord Brown (Leeds-Grenville), Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), Susan Truppe (London North Centre), Ed Holder (London West), John McCallum (Markham-Unionville), Eve Adams (Mississauga Brampton South), Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East-Cooksville), Robert Dechert (Mississauga Erindale), Stella Ambler (Mississauga South), Brad Butt (Mississauga Streetsville), Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton), Lois Brown (Newmarket-Aurora), Rob Nicholson (Niagara Falls), Dean allison (Niagara West-Glanbrook), Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt), Jay Aspin (Nipissing-Timiskaming), Rick Norlock (Northumberland-Quinte West), Paul Calandra (Oak Ridges-Markham), Terence Young (Oakville), Colin Carrie (Oshawa), Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre), Royal Galipeau (Ottawa-Orleans), David McGuinty (Ottawa South), Mauril Belanger (Ottawa-Vanier), John Baird (Ottawa West-Nepean), Dave MacKenzie (Oxford), Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park), Tony Clement (Parry Sound-Muskoka), Gary Schellenberger (Perth-Wellington), Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough), Corneliu Chisu (Pickering-Scarborough East), Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward-Hastings), Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke), Costas Menegakis (Richmond Hill), Rick Dykstra (St. Catharines), Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s), Pat Davidson (Sarnia-Lambton), Bryan Hayes (Sault Ste. Marie), Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough-Agincourt), Roxanne James (Scarborough Centre), John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood),Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough-Rouge River), Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest), Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey), Bruce Stanton (Simcoe North), Guy Lauzon (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry), Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury), Peter Kent (Thornhill), John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River), Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North), Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), Bob Rae (Toronto Centre), Jack Layton (Toronto-Danforth), Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina), Julian Fantino (Vaughan), Malcolm Allen (Welland), Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills), Jim Flaherty (Whitby-Oshawa), Chungsen Leung (Willowdale), Joe Comartin (Windsor-Tecumseh), Brian Masse (Windsor West), Mark Adler (York Centre), Peter Van Loan (York-Simcoe), Mike Sullivan(York South-Weston), Judy Sgro (York West)
Quebec Ridings Elected MP’s
Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou), Christine Moore (Abitibi-Temiscamingue), Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic), Rosane Dore Lefebvre (Alfred-Pellan), Mylene Freeman (Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel), Louis Plamondon (Bas Richelieu-Nicolet-Becancour), Maxime Bernier (Beauce), Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry), Raymond Cote (Beauport-Limoilou), Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinonge), Denis Coderre (Bourassa), Pierre Jacob (Brome-Missisquoi), Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie), Matthew Dube (Chambly-Borduas), Anne-Marie Day (Charlesbourg-Haute Saint Charles), Sylvain Chicoine (Chateauguay – Saint-Constant), Dany Morin (Chicoutimi-Le Fjord), Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead), Francois Choquette (Drummond), Philip Toone (Gaspesie – Iles-de-la-Madeleine), Francoise Boivin (Gatineau), Jean-Francois Fortin (Haute Gaspesie-La Mitis-Matane-Matapedia), Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), Paulina Ayala (Honore-Mercier), Nycole Turmel (Hull-Aylmer), Tyrone Benskin (Jeanne-Le Ber), Francine Raynault (Joliette), Claude Patry (Jonquiere-Alma), Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis), Eve Peclet (La Pointe-de-l’Ile), Helene LeBlanc (LaSalle-Emard), Marc-Andre Morin (Laurentides-Labelle), Helene Laverdiere (Laurier-Sainte-Marie), Jose Nunez-Melo (Laval), Francois Pilon (Laval-Les Iles), Steven Blaney (Levis-Bellechasse), Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher), Jacques Gourde (Lotbiniere – Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere), Blanchette Denis (Louis-Hebert), Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent), Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan), Alain Giguere (Marc-Aurele-Fortin), Christian Paradis (Megantic-L’Erable), Manon Perreault (Montcalm), Bernard Genereux (Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Riv. du Loup), Jonathan Tremblay (Montmorency-Charlevoix-Haute Cote Nord), Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal), Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grace – Lachine), Thomas Mulcair (Outremont), Justin Trudeau (Papineau), Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds-Dollard), Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac), Elaine Michaud (Portneuf – Jacques-Cartier), Annick Papillon (Quebec), Jean-Francois Larose (Repentigny), Andre Bellavance (Richmond-Arthabaska), Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette-Temiscouata-Les Basques), Laurin Liu (Riviere-des-Mille-Iles), Pierre Dionne Labelle (Riviere-du-Nord), Denis Lebel (Roberval-Lac-St-Jean), Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie), Djaouida Sellah (St-Bruno-St-Hubert), Marie-Claude Morin (St-Hyacinthe-Bagot), Tarik Brahmi (Saint-Jean), Sadia Groguhe (Saint-Lambert), Stephane Dion (St-Laurent – Cartierville), Massimo Pacetti (St-Leonard-St-Michel), Lise St-Denis (St-Maurice-Champlain), Rejean Genest (Shefford), Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke), Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville), Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivieres), Jamie Nicholls (Vaudreuil-Soulanges), Sana Hassainia (Vercheres-Les Patriotes), Marc Garneau (Westmount – Ville-Marie)
Prince Edward Island Ridings Elected MP’s
Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan), Sean Casey (Charlottetown), Gail Shea (Egmont), Wayne Easter (Malpeque)
Nova Scotia Ridings Elected MP’s
Rodger Cuzner (Cape Breton-Canso), Peter G. MacKay (Central Nova), Scott Armstrong (Cumberland-Colchester – Musquodoboit Valley), Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth-Cole Harbour), Megan Leslie (Halifax), Geoff Regan (Halifax West), Scott Brison (Kings-Hants), Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore), Gerald Keddy (South Shore-St. Margaret’s), Mark Eyking (Sydney-Victoria), Greg Kerr (West Nova)
New Brunswick Ridings Elected MP’s
Yvon Godin (Acadie-Bathurst), Dominic LeBlanc (Beausejour), Keith Ashfield (Fredericton), Rob Moore (Fundy Royal), Bernard Valcourt (Madawaska-Restigouche), Tilly O’Neill Gordon (Miramichi), Robert Goguen (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest), Rodney Weston (Saint John), Mike Allen (Tobique-Mactaquac)
Newfoundland and Labrador Ridings Elected MP’s
Scott Andrews (Avalon), Scott Simms (Bonavista – Gander – Grand Falls – Windsor), Gerry Byme (Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Vert), Peter Penashue (Labrador), Judy Foote (Random-Burin-St. George’s), Jack Harris (St. John’s East), Ryan Cleary (St. John’s South – Mount Pearl)
Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Ridings Elected MP’s
Ryan Leef (Yukon), Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic), Leona Aglukkaq (Nunavut)
3 Responses to How Much Do Members of Parliament Earn Annually?
I would like to know All the monies MP can claim. Sitting on committees, travel expenses, chairing meetings, Parliamentary Sec., all the bits and pieces, everything. How and what are the rules regarding costs.
Do the mp’s have a clothing allowance, how much is it, why do they have it, and what legislation was this under???? And is this necessary, how many claim on it???? Thank you for your response to all the above questions!!
That is one heck of a lot of money to pay for the sheep that tow the Party Leaders’ lines. It is even more expensive if you consider that we elected these people to be our representatives (well, actually, I didn’t vote for them – I usually destroy my ballet in protest that none of the candidates will only represent the party that they are affiliated). Still, some people voted for these people to represent them. Instead, the sheep go to Ottawa, a Provincial Legislature, and the PM, or the Premier, tell them how to vote. The expense is that we pay them good money so they can go and subvert our Democracy.
It sounds like the stupidest thing Canadians could do politically. Vote for Independent candidates because they are the only representatives accountable to the voters.