NDP says that MLAs should vote down raise

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Island NDP Leader Mike Redmond is making it completely clear that he feels that MLAs do not deserve a raise as recommended in the recent report of the Indemnities and Allowances Commission.

Island NDP leader Mike Redmond.

“They just gave themselves a three-per-cent raise seven months ago,” said Redmond. “They have not yet earned an additional raise.”

Over the last year, Redmond said he has recommended many reforms including a full public review of MLA salaries, pensions and benefits; the establishment of indicators for legislative performance; and the reduction of the size of the legislature from 27 to 15 MLAs.

“Over the last year I have been hammering away at the need for reform in the way the legislature works. It is dysfunctional right now,” said the NDP leader. “But these MLAs act as if they are doing something great, which is certainly not the case. They should definitely vote down this raise.”

Organizations: NDP

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  • Juanita Bonita
    December 04, 2013 - 12:19

    Politicians like to prey on our gullibility when they suggest that their pays not be increased. When this happens there is inevitably a reckoning when they hike their pays way more than normal on the basis that it hasn't been increased for three or four years. This is when they like to take those twenty percent jumps when inflation is only five or six percent over the same period. An increase of 0.75% this year seems very reasonable. It's disappointing when opposition leaders whine about reasonable changes, which is nothing but political grandstanding. There are much more serious issues deserving of their attention.

  • don
    December 04, 2013 - 10:51

    Mike how dare you say they should vote down the raise. how do you figure ghiz and the gang can afford to live on the little pay they get. ghiz should be getting at least $250,000 a year plus plus the rest should get nothing less then 150,000 plus a new car every 4 months. etc