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Former Québec Solidaire spokesperson Amir Khadir to give $90,000 severance to community

Amir Khadir donates his severance
WATCH: Former Quebec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir says he hopes to send a message to politicians by donating his severance.

Former Québec Solidaire spokesperson Amir Khadir is getting ready to give his severance pay of $90,000 to community groups in his Montreal-area riding of Mercier.

This is the first time a former MNA has decided to give away his pay in this way.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Khadir, the 57-year-old medical specialist said he did not need the money.

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It will be divided into three amounts: $20,000 and three $10,000 scholarships.

Khadir was Québec Solidaire’s first elected MNA, as well as the party’s co-founder. He said he is ready, as of Monday, to start receiving proposals for projects from community groups or recognized charities.

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The requests must be well structured and respond to a community need.

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Khadir said he wants to send a message to the elected officials at the National Assembly.

“If people who, like me, leave (politics) and immediately return to work as a lawyer, engineer or doctor and have a source of income, I do not see why they should need this money,” he said.

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The transitional allowance for MNAs who resign during their term has since been eliminated, except for health or family reasons.

Members who are defeated in an election or who complete a term without being a candidate for the next election are still eligible.

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The allowance is paid at the end of the member’s term and at his request, either in one installment or over a period of up to 36 months.

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“We have to put the idea in the minds of our colleagues that this is a transitional allowance, and not as a bonus to which we are entitled to put in our pockets whatever our circumstances,” Khadir argued.

“The laws could change, the National Assembly could think about setting up a rule…that takes into account the real possibility of finding a job. (…) It can to be an allocation that is not given in bulk.”

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Khadir represented the riding of Mercier for ten years, between 2008 and 2018.

Born in Tehran, Iran, he holds a doctorate in medicine from Université Laval and a Master’s degree in physics from McGill University. He is a doctor specializing in infectious microbiology.