In the never-ending saga of Senate scandals comes this one unearthed by HuffPost’s Althia Raj who found a Senate committee that rarely meets but the chair and co-chair still collect a nice fat pay-cheque regardless:
Two senators are each pocketing several thousand dollars annually to head a committee that meets once a year – and sometimes not at all.
Conservative Senator Elizabeth Marshall, the Tory whip, receives $11,200 annually to serve as the chair of the Senate’s selection committee. That is on top of her $135,200 salary and the $11,200 she receives to serve as the Government’s whip. Her counterpart, Senator Jim Munson, the Liberals’ whip, receives $5,600 to serve as the vice-chair of the selection committee in addition to his $135,200 paycheque and the $6,600 he receives as whip. (see here)
Will CTV go after their ex-journo colleague Jim Munson for his Senate salary abuse like they did with Mike Duffy?
Update: Conservative Senator Elizabeth Marshall has asked the Senate to look into her salaries as this ‘no-work committee’s chair
Conservative Senator Elizabeth Marshall says she has asked the Senate Rules Committee to look at whether some of the additional pay she receives for extra work is appropriate. (see here)
Obviously the Conservative Party agrees with my “padding” assessment unlike a certain conservative blogger who thinks it’s just fine for senators to receive money from the taxpayers for no work.