Eby urged to lead by example on day one, and freeze MLA salaries

VICTORIA (November 21, 2022) – With only a few days left in the fall legislative session, Opposition House Leader Todd Stone is urging Premier David Eby and his government to do the right thing and freeze MLA pay in 2023/24.

“There is still time for the NDP to call my private member’s bill for debate and forego this poorly-timed pay increase,” says Stone. “It just doesn’t seem right to accept a pay bump while people in this province continue to face skyrocketing costs for housing, food, fuel and more. Premier Eby can take decisive action today, if he wants to — and send a strong message to British Columbians that he takes their financial struggles seriously.”

Stone notes he has received many thousands of messages from British Columbians expressing their support for an MLA salary freeze. Organizations like the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) BC are also in favour of the move.

“Todd Stone’s private member’s bill freezing MLA pay is good legislation,” says Carson Binda, British Columbia Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Politicians shouldn’t be taking raises while the people they are supposed to represent are struggling to make ends meet. The CTF urges MLAs from all parties to support this legislation.”

If Stone’s bill isn’t called for debate and passed this week, it will be wiped off the order paper and MLAs will receive a 7 to 10 per cent raise effective April 1, 2023. And while he’s at it, Eby should also cancel the undeserved and tone-deaf $20,000 retroactive pay increase NDP cabinet members provided themselves earlier this year.





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