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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is pleased to offer its first report in the province of New Brunswick on the subject MLA compensation. Specifically, this report offers a detailed analysis of the province’s MLA pension plan."/> The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is pleased to offer its first report in the province of New Brunswick on the subject MLA compensation. Specifically, this report offers a detailed analysis of the province’s MLA pension plan.">
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Report on New Brunswick MLA pensions, salaries and expenses

September 15, 2010
Report on New Brunswick MLA pensions, salaries and expenses

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is pleased to offer its first report in the province of New Brunswick on the subject MLA compensation. Specifically, this report offers a detailed analysis of the province’s MLA pension plan.

The CTF’s mission statement is lower taxes, less waste and accountable government.  That mission begins with our elected officials. Simply put: they must lead by example. Efforts to balance budgets cannot be embraced by taxpayers or government workers if politicians are flagrant with their expenses or granting themselves benefits out of line with public expectations.

In every province where the CTF has established a full-time presence – from Ontario West – we’ve had success in reforming MLA compensation to be more transparent and in line with public expectations. Specifically, we’ve succeeded in efforts to make politicians salaries fully taxable and reform pensions around the principle that taxpayers should contribute no more than $1 for every $1 contributed by their elected representative. As this report details, New Brunswick’s taxpayers are coughing up $16 for every $1 contributed by MLAs to their pension plan.

This report’s primary recommendation is the appointment of a “citizens’ panel” – randomly selected citizens to review and make recommendations surrounding how MLAs are compensated in New Brunswick. A citizen’s panel is not made up of retired judges, politicians or university professors, but ordinary citizens from all walks of life that more accurately reflect the average New Brunswick household.  

In the meantime - along with a full-time presence in the region - the CTF will circulate and present a petition in support of reforming the MLA pension plan to one that is self-funding and limits taxpayer liability to matching MLA contributions dollar for dollar.

Fact Summary

  • Taxpayers contribute $15.90 for every $1 that MLAs contribute toward their pensions.
  • MLA pensions cost taxpayers $7.6 million per year.
  • The premier and ministers receive $46 per day in addition to their salaries for being in the capital or traveling and $23 per day for being in their ridings as “show up for work pay” and “stay at home pay” respectively.
  • MLAs earn an average annual salary of $111,107, which is $65,107 and 142% higher than that of an average, employed and unattached male of working age. 

CTF Political Compensation Principles

  •  Transparency: MLA compensation should contain no hidden or obscure benefits.
  • Simplicity: MLA compensation should be easily understandable by taxpaying citizens.
  • No Double Standards: Compensation should not exceed what is available and permitted for New Brunswickers working in the private and public sectors.
  • Disclosure: The hallmark of expense claim rules should be complete disclosure to ensure that MLAs are fully accountable. Expenses should be paid on the basis of what is required to carry out the duties of an MLA and be posted online.

Click on the link to view the full report: Report on New Brunswick MLA pensions, salaries and expenses.

This report’s primary author is CTF National Research Director Derek Fildebrandt and was co-authored by CTF Atlantic Director Kevin Lacey. The CTF wishes to acknowledge its summer 2010 intern and Dalhousie University student Michael Kennedy for his research in making this paper possible.  

By
on March 27, 2012
this new pension reform of alwards is still too rich for NBer's. to remedy this all it takes is a flat rate ie" $5000.00 a year one lump sum for them to invest for pension purposes or not ,if not that should be their choice so they will have to pay income tax on it if invested in a retirment fund they should be able to match that equally to gain the tax credit .New Brunswickers cannot afford to pay for how they would like to live in their retirement so they should be resposible for their own senior years, they are not looking after any of the people and the pensions they get ! People of NB. stand up now or the line up at the trough will re-form faster than you can blink an eye. In the new pension brief they say the salaries and pension and perks are there so as not to discourage qualified people from running that tells me that they have already set a standard or prerequisite for those who run ,in the democracy we live under the people tell the gov. who is qualified or not it's called an election and if I may call on history all I will say is remember the Cor Party!! The biggest sin re: political pensions are not just the amount they will wallow in but the ratio it takes to get them there , it's the fact that taxpayers have to pay $15.90 for every $1.00 they contribute ,to me thats not a sin thats a crime ,count me in, and these are the hogs that can relate to NBer'sLOL LOL . and I am supposed to be understanding ,I live on $1400.00 and $300.00 of that is GIS the truth is I have no sympathy for the gov. of this country and prov. for the total remuneration +++ that they reeive and I have never made that a secret, I thank very much foe the opportunity. .....................................J.D.Kyle

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