Thursday, July 06, 2006

back off! pay your own mortgage!

Good on Garth Turner for going after MP's mortgage subsidies. I'm not usually a huge fan of Garth's, but this is one battle worth fighting and having a Tory come out against it is great.

This is the kind of thing a Conservative government could quash without losing voter support (heck, you'd probably win some), and for those reasons the kind of thing I was really hoping we would go after once we were in government.

There's absolutely no reason that an MP, making the money that they do, can't pay for an apartment in Ottawa along with their home in their riding without any government allowance whatsoever. There are people out there who make ends meet in similar situations with far less - they certainly aren't helped by MPs taking away hard-earned money to make life easier for themselves.

Not to mention that, as Anchorlink points out, these allowances can even be used to pay for mortgages on property that MPs owned before being elected. (She is also the source for this post's tagline and the hi-liarious graphic seen above.)

I don't even want to think about how my MP, who still hasn't bothered to actually move to his riding (it's so darn hard to sell your property when you overprice it by $20K) is spending this allowance.

So kudos to Garth on this one. Hopefully his reputation as a maverick won't get him written off on this one.


Nick Kouvalis said...

As far as I know Mp's get 148,000 per year to be MP plus 20,000 a year for housing allownace PLUS the 78$ per day for other expenses that are in question because they are being used to subsidize the housing allownace even further.

I am all for paying MP's 150K to get the best people we can but 20K more for housing and another 20K for meals and incidentals too?

Kerry said...

Correct. $147,000 is the annual base salary. Anyone who sits on committee gets a little more. Whips and house leaders get more than committee members. Pary leaders get more than whips and house leaders. Cabinet ministers get more than whips and house leaders and the prime minister gets the most.

Then there are the allowances for residence, food and transportation.

Liam O'Brien said...

Well said. The taxpayer shouldn't be helping to pay off a second home for an MP. Garth is right to ask the government to cut this stuff out.

pissinginthetent said...

I love Garth......he should run for leader some day !!