The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates that lawmakers who lost their seats or stood before the election could receive $3.3 million in “golden goodbyes”.
51 lawmakers who lost their seats or chose not to stand again qualify for a severance check of half their salary – some $92,900 or more if they were cabinet ministers or chaired a committee. Were.
If they are 55 or older and have been an MP for six years, they qualify for a pension instead.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates the public purse will cost $1.4 million a year on pensions for lawmakers who step down in 2021.
It said lawmakers’ severance pay would cost the taxpayer $3.3 million.
Some MPs would miss out on pensions because the election was said to be a month short of the six years required to qualify.
The benefits of leaving office for lawmakers in Canada are more generous than in some other comparable countries, including the United Kingdom.
In the UK, MPs who lose their seats receive a “loss of office payment”, which costs a few thousand pounds. Unlike Canada, they get nothing if they decide not to contest.