Quebec introduces bill to increase MPs’ allowances
strong>The parliamentary leader of the Caquist government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, and his counterparts liberal and PQ have tabled on Wednesday a bill on the working conditions of the deputies, made necessary by the fact that the federal government now imposes allowances they receive .
In fact, the bill to amend the Act respecting the conditions of work and the pension plan of members of the National Assembly is to increase the allowance that members receive for certain expenses, in order to compensate for the fact that the The federal government now levies taxes on these allowances. The bill therefore prevents members from losing money.
The joint deposition of the leaders Simon Jolin-Barrette, Sébastien Proulx and Martin Ouellet was done without the support of Québec solidaire, which expressed its opposition.
During a press briefing, the second opposition House leader, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, reiterated his desire that it is no longer the members of Parliament who decide on their own remuneration, but that it is done by a independent mechanism.
“We are deeply uncomfortable with the procedure. When MPs vote their own salary, they have a conflict of interest. It is not normal that elected officials vote their own remuneration, “criticized Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.
Québec solidaire wants “a global reform, at zero cost”, he pleaded. At present, the salary itself is supplemented by the pension plan, group insurance, expense allowances and travel allowances. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois described the whole as a real “fruit salad”. We must reform everything to make it more “transparent”.
He argued that a simple worker who learns that an allowance he receives suddenly becomes taxable to the federal government would not enjoy the same privilege as Quebec MPs to be able to modify their remuneration to offset the increase in the tax payable. .
He gave another example that frustrates him: the fact that members contribute only 21 per cent to their pension plan. “It’s completely out of step with what exists in Quebec society,” he said.
He pointed out that the other provinces had settled through an independent committee.