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Some MPs donate their automatic salary increase to charities in effort to help fight COVID-19

By Aidan Chamandy      

This year, MPs received a 2.1 per cent pay increase. This raised MPs' base salary by just more than $3,756 annually, from $178,900 to $182,656. With all 338 MPs receiving the pay bump, the total increase in expenditures on MP salaries is just short of $1.3-million. With the pay increase now in effect, MPs' base salaries cost just under $62-million annually.

Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, Small Business and International Trade Minister Mary Ng, and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna all say they will donate their $3,750 salary increases this year to charities and non-profits. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

MPs from all political parties, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May, say they’re donating their automatic 2.1 per cent salary increase this year to various local, national, and international charities and non-profits to help the fight the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and some are also helping local food banks deliver supplies.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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