Quebec proposes to raise MNA salaries

MONTREAL — The Liberals are hoping to pass a new bill that would give them a 31 per cent pay hike, making them the highest paid politicians in the country.

The government insisted the hike won’t cost taxpayers more money, it will actually save $4 million over 10 years.

Opposition MNA Bernard Drainville said the timing is all wrong.

“In the the current context of austerity? No way, no way,” he told reporters in Quebec City Thursday.

An MNA salary would increase from $90,000 a year to $140,000.

The Liberals also tabled another bill that would scrap their departure bonuses, in most cases.

The ethics commissioner would decide on a case-by-case basis if MNAs should receive the bonus.

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The Liberals insisted that the pay increases aren’t as bad as they seem.

With changes to their allowances and pensions, they argued they will get paid less overall.

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