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MPs' salaries
CBC News Online | Updated Sept. 28, 2004

An independent judicial commission has recommended a 10-per-cent salary increase for judges. That wouldn't be too much of a problem, politically, except that a few years ago, the salaries of members of federal Parliament were linked to those of judges, which means a raise for one groups means a raise for the other.

If the raise goes through, members of Parliament would get a base salary of $155,000, and cabinet ministers $230,000.

Current Member of Parliament pay scheme
Base salary (Sessional indemnity) $141,000
Additional salary
Prime minister$141,000
Minister$67,600
Leader of the Opposition$67,600
Other party leader $48,200


Canadian MPs' salaries through history
Year Salary
1867 $600 + $6 per day
1901 $1,500 + $10 per day
1920$4,000 + $25 per day
1945 $4,000 + $25 per day + $2,000 allowance
1963 $12,000 + $6,000 allowance
1981 $32,700 + $14,400 allowance
1991 $64,400 + $21,300 allowance
2000 $68,200 + $22,500 allowance
2001 $131,400


Salaries for Other Legislators
Country Salary* ($CDN)
U.S.$201,697
UK$132,585
*expense allowances and other benefits not included


Salaries and Allowances for Provincial Legislators
Legislature SalaryExpense Allowance
Ontario $82,757 n/a*
N.W.T. $80,140 $9,315
Quebec $71,714 $12,789
Quebec $71,714 $12,789
B.C. $72,100 n/a*
Saskatchewan$66,866 Folded into salary
Manitoba $64,250 n/a*
Newfoundland $43,866-
Alberta $41,052 $20,526
New Brunswick $39,551 $18,460
P.E.I. $35,967 $10,050
Yukon $35,664 $17,832
Nova Scotia $30,130 $15,065
Canada $141,000 -
*Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba gave up their expense allowance for an increase in the base salary
Source: Canadian Almanac and Directory 2004


Salary comparison
Notable Canadians
Ed Clark(CEO TD Bank) $7.9 million
Average NHL player $1.8 million
Prime Minister Paul Martin $284,122
David Miller (mayor of Toronto) $142,539
Canadian MP $141,000
Alberta teacher $43,548 - $74,146
Manitoba nurse $50,141.789(40-hour week)
New Brunswick minimum wage earner (as of Jan. 1, 2005) $13,104 (40-hour week)



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EXTERNAL LINKS:
Full description of current pay for MPs

Parliament of Canada Act Part IV Remuneration of Members of Parliament

Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act

Canadian Taxpayers Association

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