Jonathan Genest-Jourdain: NDP MP Falls Asleep, Combs His Hair In House Of Commons (VIDEO)
At 32 years of age, the NDP's NDP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain is one of the younger Quebec MPs in Parliament. And it looks like he may have stayed out past his bedtime.
While fellow New Democrat Yves Godin rails against government subsidies for Caterpillar, Genest-Jourdain uses what appears to be his phone to examine himself while he carefully coifs his man mane.
Then, as NDP MP Françoise Boivin argues against the elimination of the long-gun registry, Genest-Jourdain takes a nap.
Genest-Jourdain isn't the first, or likely the last, to catch some zzz's in the House. Last year, Conservative MP Rob Anders was caught on video sleeping during Question Period. Anders later blamed the effects of a car accident for the snoozing.
It will be interesting to see if Genest-Jourdain comes up with an explanation of his own.
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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)