Freeze wages of all federal politicians as Canadians struggle financially during pandemic, senator proposes


OTTAWA — A senator is proposing to freeze pay hikes for all federal politicians as the pandemic continues to roil the Canadian economy, part of an effort to ensure that public officials are not entirely insulated from the economic fallout of government-imposed lockdowns. Sen. Lucie Moncion, who represents Ontario, introduced a motion in the upper chamber earlier this week that would call upon the Liberal government to defer pay hikes for Parliamentarians as a way to “prevent the privileges that senators enjoy from becoming disconnected from the harsh economic reality facing many Canadians.” Members of both the House of Commons and Senate receive automatic pay raises equal to inflation every year. MPs make annual salaries of $182,600, not including additional payments for special positions like prime minister or opposition leader.

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