How Much Do MPs Make In Canada? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 01/26/2012 5:50 pm Updated: 01/26/2012 5:50 pm

Mp Pay Salary Canada
Every MP in the House of Commons is paid the same annual salary, but a member can earn extra by being named to cabinet or other positions. (CP)

With MP's cushy pensions making headlines across Canada and the Prime Minister signalling change is on the way, we decided to take a look at what our politicians in Ottawa make before they retire.

Every MP in the House of Commons is paid the same annual salary, but a member can earn extra by being named to cabinet or other positions.

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MP pay is adjusted on April 1 each year, with increases based on wage hikes in the private sector, as determined by the federal Department of Human Resources Development.

MP wages for 2011-2012, however, were frozen at 2010-2011 levels.

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  • How Much Do Our MPs Make?

    Here's a rundown of <a href="http://www.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Lists/Salaries.aspx?Menu=HOC-Politic&Section=03d93c58-f843-49b3-9653-84275c23f3fb&Year=2011" target="_hplink">how much our MPs make</a> depending on their position in the House. (Alamy)

  • MP - $157,731

    The base salary for a Member of Parliament is $157,731. Being named to cabinet or other positions nets an MP extra pay. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/scazon/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Scazon</a>)

  • Government and Opposition Whip - $186,151

    NDP MP Nycole Turmel is the Official Opposition Whip. (CP)

  • Leaders of Other Parties - $211,425

    Bob Rae is the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. (CP)

  • Minister of State - $214,368

    Tim Uppal is the Minister of State for Democratic Reform. Ministers of State are essentially junior cabinet ministers. (CP)

  • Cabinet Minister - $233,247

    Jim Flaherty is Minister of Finance. (CP) All ministers also receive a car allowance of $2,122.

  • Leader of the Opposition - $233,247

    As NDP chief, Thomas Mulair is leader of the Official Opposition. He also receives a $2,122 car allowance. (CP)

  • Speaker of the House - $233,247

    Andrew Scheer is currently serving as speaker. On top of his salary, Scheer receives a rent allowance of $3,000 and a car allowance of $1,061. (CP)

  • Prime Minister - $315,462

    As Prime Minister, Stephen Harper also receives a car allowance of $2,112. (AP)


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