Committee To Review N.B. MLA Wages, Allowances

An independent, two-person committee will review and make recommendations on the salaries and benefits of New Brunswick MLAs.

A Thursday news release says the review includes the additional compensation for parliamentary office holders and MLAs with responsibilities under the Executive Council Act.

Current salary amounts were established in 2007 when former Court of Appeal judge Patrick Ryan recommended that MLAs receive an annual base salary of $85,000.

Retired Judge Margaret Larlee and lawyer G. Robert Basque make up the committee. Larlee is a former Court of Queen’s Bench judge, while Basque currently practises at the Forbes Roth Basque law firm in Moncton.

The pair will also look at how much constituency offices can spend every year on rent, the salary of an assistant and office expenses, among other things.

“In order to determine whether it is now appropriate to adjust the salary amounts established in 2007, as well as the allowances under review, the committee is seeking input from the public,” said the province in a news release.

The public has until June 10 to submit feedback in writing to the Office of The Clerk by snail mail, by phone or by email.

More details about the review can be found here.

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