By Brent Jolly
A piece of legislation that would see pensions pulled from MPs and senators who are convicted of an indictable offence is set to die on the vine when the impending federal election is called later this summer.
Bill C-518, the Protecting Taxpayers and Revoking Pensions of Convicted Politicians Act, is a private member’s bill introduced by New Brunswick Conservative MP John Williamson. It stipulates that politicians would lose out on the government-funded portion of the gold-plated pension plan if convicted of an offence that carries a minimum two-year sentence.
An overwhelming majority passed the bill in February in the House of Commons — an oddity in modern Ottawa. But it has been held up in the Senate.
“Watching senators hold up this bill sends the wrong message to Canadians,” Aaron Wudrick, federal director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, tells Yahoo Canada News. “It says that they are just looking out for their own.”
Senators, however, disagree. They say thatRead More »from Senators object to bill that nixes pensions from convicted politicians