The CBC is reporting that Bernard Lord is the highest paid Premier in Canada (salary and party money combined). At $183,902 per year, he makes 70% more than his pal on PEI.
I’m all for paying our politicians a decent salary – maybe we could attract better calibre talent if we paid more – but it is a bit weird to have poor old New Brunswick’s Premier making more than all the other Premiers.
If he wants to go Federal, he would need to be a Minister to avoid taking a pay cut as the annual salary of a Member of Parliament, as of 2005, is only $144,100.
Plus, I’m a big believer in the concept of value for taxpayer dollars, if you know what I mean.