MLAs should review their pay: Redmond

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Mike Redmond wants Island MLAs to start talking about their pay cheques.

Mike Redmond, leader of the P.E.I. NDP, speaks during the party’s annual policy convention at the Charlottetown Hotel Saturday.

The provincial NDP Leader says that Island politicians should be asking better questions about the salaries and pensions not only of deputy ministers but of themselves.

“We see media reports of the premier and the MLA from Morell-Mermaid talking about the salaries and pensions of deputy ministers, but there has not been a peep from MLAs about their own generous packages,” Redmond said. “Both deputy ministers and MLAs get the supplemental pension that is entirely

funded by taxpayers. This should be stopped now.”

A recent Indemnities and Allowances Commission report did not terminate supplemental pensions of MLAs. The topic was not mentioned in the Legislative Assembly during the most recent sitting of the session.

“Islanders who are trying to survive on the lowest wages in the country are wondering why people in charge keeping paying themselves so well and refuse to have a public discussion on the topic,” added Redmond.

Last fall Redmond suggested public hearings on what performance standards MLAs should be evaluated.

“The NDP remains open to a public discussion about how politicians and appointed top bureaucrats get paid. It is not right to keep charging Islanders higher and higher amounts of money for the lowest educational system performance, the worst health care system, and the weakest economy in the country.

“There should be a clear, measurable commitment to improved government performance before there are any more raises considered for top public officials,” concluded Redmond.

Organizations: Indemnities and Allowances Commission, Legislative Assembly

Geographic location: Iceland

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