Friday, June 03, 2005

 

How Much Will Your MP Make This Year?

With all the hue and cry about the Grewal tapes, I thought it might be a good time to find something else to get worked up about. So I started googling around gc.ca and sure enough within about three minutes, I found something that caught my eye.
In the interest of providing a refreshing alternative to the tape controversy, here's a link to the salaries, bonuses, extra perks, etc. that the honourable members of Parliament have been paid each year since Confederation. As you go through the numbers, keep in mind that all 308 MPs receive the first amount which is basic salary. Individual MPs salaries may then be augmented by various combinations of the numbers which make up the rest of the list. If you are susceptible to high blood pressure, you might want to give this a miss. Otherwise, eat your heart out. For example, the basic salary which is paid to each MP has more than doubled in the past five years - from $68,000 in 2000 to $148,000 in 2005. That means that the Grewal household income, for example, is a tad less than $300,000 not counting other income from investments, etc. Not bad for a guy who came to Canada 15 years ago with $20.00 in his pocket, eh? (And please understand that I don't have it in for Mr. Grewal - he's just the most obvious example to use here.)
Also, (I believe that) items such as car allowance are taxfree, which is a valuable perk to people in the highest tax brackets.

Salaries of Members of Parliament

(After you go to this web page, you can see the corresponding info for Senators by clicking on the word 'Senators" near the top of the page.)

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