Two thirds of Canadians believe MPs should take a pay cut during pandemic


Many Canadians believe Canada’s members of the parliament (MP) should take a pay cut during the pandemic.

According to a survey from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), 66 per cent of respondents believe MPs should be taking a pay cut to show leadership and solidarity with Canadians during these uncertain times.

“Millions of Canadians have lost their jobs or taken pay cuts,” Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the CTF, said in a news release.

“Our federal members of Parliament need to show leadership by cutting their salaries,” he continued.

Wudrick pointed out that other countries’ government officials have taken pay cuts, including the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who has taken a 20 per cent pay cut for the next six months; and members of parliament for Japan and India have taken pay cuts of 20 and 30 per cent respectively for the next year.

“With next year’s federal deficit already projected to be more than $250 billion, every dollar will count,” Wudrick said.

“The sooner MPs show they are personally willing to make sacrifices, the easier it will be for them to make the case for necessary spending reductions elsewhere,” he added. 

Cover photo courtesy of @parliament3pm’s Instagram

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