Senators get pay raise for chairing a committee that met only twice this year

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The Senate’s March 12 selection committee meeting lasted nine minutes The Senate has quietly passed a motion to boost the salaries of senators who chair the selection committee — a body that has met only twice this year, both times for less than an hour. Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, the leader of the Independent Senators Group (ISG), tabled a lengthy motion on March 11 to designate the selection committee — which establishes membership lists for the Senate’s other committees — as a committee like any other, which entitles the chair to an extra $10,100 a year in pay. In addition to being leader of the ISG — a caucus that houses most of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appointees — Woo is also the chair of the selection committee and will collect that pay raise himself.