Should your MP be paid more? You now have your say in NB.

This independent committee is made up of retired judge Margaret Larlee and lawyer Robert Basque. They will be responsible for evaluating and making recommendations on salaries, as well as additional allowances and benefits for MPs.

The basic annual salary of an MP is now $85,000. The prime minister, ministers, and other parliamentary office holders receive higher remuneration.

The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  March 21, 2022

The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in Fredericton on March 21, 2022

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jonathan Villeneuve

We need to look at the role of MPs as legislators and also the work they do in the constituenciessays retired judge Margaret Larlee.

The committee will meet with the MPs, make comparisons with other provinces and also ask the public’s opinion.

The people who govern us, we want them to be competent people. We want it to be the cream of the crop if we can saylaunches the lawyer Robert Basque, who will work within this independent committee.

Robert Basque interviewed outside.

Lawyer Robert Basque

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We don’t want these people to be discouraged by the rate of pay. But at the same time, we don’t want pay to be the reason for showing up.he said.

The committee must submit its report and recommendations before the end of September.

The public is invited to give their opinion in writing, by telephone or by e-mail to the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick before June 10.

It’s very delicate

The director general of the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB), Pascal Reboul, is of the opinion that the issue of elected officials’ salaries is a very delicate subjectbut we need to dwell on it.

It’s healthy discussions to have too. What are our elected officials worth, what money are we willing to put in, because they are people, we will tell each other, whether at the municipal level, at the provincial level, at the federal level, they are not not elected from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are elected 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekhe says.

The new director general of the Francophone Association of New Brunswick Municipalities, Pascal Réboul.

Pascal Reboul, Executive Director of the Francophone Association of New Brunswick Municipalities

Photo: Radio-Canada / François Vigneault

Pascal Reboul piloted the project which led to the creation of a guide for municipalities on the remuneration of elected municipal officials. This guide was published in 2017 and now serves as a tool to guide discussions on the remuneration of elected municipal officials.

He believes that this debate is necessary and welcomes the creation of an independent committee which will examine the question and will also seek the opinion of the public.

These are people who give a lot of time to their community and we want there to be more and more people who are interested in being elected (…) it allows us to find people, young active , women, newcomers, who need to have a job on the side and cannot always lose a salary to represent a populationhe explains.

The last review of MPs’ remuneration dates back to 2007, when the current salary was set. MPs’ salaries have been frozen ever since.

However, the prime minister and cabinet ministers recently saw their pay rise when Blaine Higgs approved a raise last March, citing the expiration of a provision in the law that kept their pay below 2016 levels.

Thus, the Prime Minister’s salary increased by $11,850, while that of the majority of ministers increased by $5,251.

In Nova Scotia, the base salary for MPPs is $89,234.90.

In Prince Edward Island, it is now $76,439.84, after last January’s 2.75% increase, the largest increase MPs in that province have received in 15 years.

With information from CBC and Alix Villeneuve

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