Raj Saini stands to gain $93,000 payoff — but no pension — after standing down

OTTAWA — Raj Saini stands to walk away with a $93,000 "golden goodbye" after standing down as a Liberal candidate.

The former MP for Kitchener Centre stepped down after facing allegations that he harassed a female staff member, claims he firmly denies.

Saini is entitled to a $92,900 severance cheque, worth half his $185,800 MP's salary.

He could also access a $15,000 allowance for departing MPs which includes the cost of shredding papers, getting financial advice and trips to and from Ottawa.

Saini, 54, narrowly misses out on a pension, which is available to MPs aged 55 or older who have spent six years in office.

He stood down as a candidate in Kitchener Centre after the election began, so his name is still on the ballot paper.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 13, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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