Constituency Referendum #1: MP Pay Raise (2001 Summer)
In Mr. Reid’s first riding referendum, in August 2001, he sent a mailer to each household in his riding, asking constituents whether he should opt out of a proposed $21,000 MP pay raise, or opt in and give the money to charity.
83% of respondents directed Mr. Reid to opt in and give the raise to charity. He has followed up by donating this raise, each year, to a charity that provides CPR training and purchases automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for local emergency services, recreation, and community organizations.
In 2005, Mr. Reid played a role in blocking a $15,250 MP pay raise proposed in 2004 by the Liberal Government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. Since then, MP salaries have not been approved by MPs themselves, but rather only rise in line with increases in the average annual income of Canadians.
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