Scott Reid votes against MP pay bill, launches charity referendumJune 7, 2001
OTTAWA – Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Carleton, pledged that he will vote against Bill C-28, the MP pay legislation tonight, while announcing that he will hold a riding-wide referendum on whether to give the money to charity.
“Until now, we have been paid an elaborate combination of salary and tax-free allowance that added up to roughly $109,000 per year. That’s pretty good pay for any job. I didn’t come to the House of Commons with the intention of voting myself a raise,” said Reid, in response to the projected $21,000 raise that MPs will receive if the bill passes as expected. “I am fortunate enough to be in comfortable financial circumstances, and personally have no need for this pay increase, but I do not begrudge any of my colleagues for accepting it if they honestly feel that their personal sacrifices merit the added compensation,” added Reid.
While other MPs are deciding whether or not to accept the optional salary top-up, Reid will be launching a mail-in referendum to ask constituents if he should turn down the money outright, or opt into the plan and give the money to charities in the riding. “Every household in Lanark-Carleton will receive a survey form asking constituents to select which of these two options I should choose. I will ask them to mail in their responses, and I will do as they tell me.”
“I love this job. I love serving my constituents,” added Mr. Reid. “While I will certainly not be taking the money for myself, I have an opportunity here to let my constituents decide if they want it put to other worthy causes,” he concluded.
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