Canada Hikes Annual MP Pay, Base Salary Jumps To $160,200

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By Tendar Tsering | March 30, 2013 8:14 PM EST

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government Thursday declared to increase the salary of its Parliament Members by 1.6 per cent.

Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer in an Email Thursday informed its members that their pay will be increased in the 2013- 2014 fiscal year.

The hike which is the first time in last four years will increase the base annual salary for all the members of the house to make it $160,200, an increase of around $2,500. 

The salary raise will be in effect April 1, according to the Post Media News.

In the 2010 budget planning session, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty included a salary freeze for all its MPs and Senators in light of severe economic recessions.

Following the Senate housing allowance scandals in recent months, a large number of Canadians demanded to reform or abolish the Senate.

More than 75 percent of Canadians wanted the Senate to be abolished or reformed, according to a public poll released by Ipsos Reid for Post Media News and Global Television February.

In the revised salary, the members who have additional responsibilities including cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries and committee chairs are set to get extra pay.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's annual pay will be increased to $320,400, an increase of nearly $5,000 while Speaker of the Parliament Andrew Scheer's pay will be $236,900, increase of $3,600. 

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