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The Oatmeal Savage
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posted 18 June 2004 12:24 PM      Profile for The Oatmeal Savage   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/CanadaVotes/2004/06/18/504642.html

"Just when it seemed the nation's politicians couldn't possibly make taxpayers any madder, Sun Media has learned the same scoundrels now begging for our votes in the federal election will be picking our pockets for obscene pay raises the minute the balloting is over. No matter who wins the election, one of the first orders of business will be voting on a still-secret report expected to propose pay hikes up to 20%. "


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f1 dad
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posted 18 June 2004 03:29 PM      Profile for f1 dad     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Given the fact that most MP's could easily find more stable and less demanding employment for similar wages in the private sector, the pay raise isn't that outrageous. Compensation packages for MP's would constitute only a microscopic percentage of the total budget defecit under a Harper regime, if he's elected.

What's ridiculous is that people who "write" for the fishwrappers printed by Sun Media get paid any salary.


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BLAKE 3:16
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posted 18 June 2004 07:41 PM      Profile for BLAKE 3:16     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Given the fact that most MP's could easily find more stable and less demanding employment for similar wages in the private sector, the pay raise isn't that outrageous.

I'd favour imposing a maximum wage alongside increasing the minimum wage.


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 18 June 2004 08:59 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post
You're not the only one. An extract from "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town":

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Pupkin knew just what the judge thought of riches and luxuries. How often had he heard the judge pass sentences of life imprisonment on Pierpont Morgan and Mr. Rockefeller. How often had Pupkin heard him say that any man who received more than three thousand dollars a year (that was the judicial salary in the Missinaba district) was a mere robber, unfit to shake the hand of an honest man. Bitter! I should think he was! He was not so bitter, perhaps, as Mr. Muddleson, the principal of the Mariposa high school, who said that any man who received more than fifteen hundred dollars was a public enemy. He was certainly not so bitter as Trelawney, the post-master, who said that any man who got from society more than thirteen hundred dollars (apart from a legitimate increase in recognition of a successful election) was a danger to society.

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DrConway
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posted 18 June 2004 10:31 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oatmeal: If you want the government to be cheap about paying its MPs the only people who will run are the extremely rich.

Then the government would simply be about enriching the already rich instead of any sensible attempt at being the balancing power in society.

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K.E. Smith
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posted 19 June 2004 11:30 AM      Profile for K.E. Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Apparently politicians get into politics for one thing: money, and the ones that are in there now are incompetent as the pay isn't high enough to attract competent people.
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thwap
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posted 19 June 2004 10:14 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post
Well, I'm a hack with no prospects, so I've considered going into politics (but won't for a number of reasons), so what you say is right in some cases.

On the other hand, there are some people who actually think that they're doing a form of public service, idealistic types.

I think politician's salaries are decent enough.


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