Nova Scotia legislature expected today to vote down pay raise for members

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Nova Scotia legislature expected today to vote down pay raise for members

HALIFAX – A one-week session of the Nova Scotia legislature is expected to wrap up today with the passage of a bill that rescinds a 12.6 per cent pay raise for its members.

The amendments to the House of Assembly Act would see the base salary for each member remain at $89,234 — a figure unchanged since 2013.

The bill also includes an $11,246 pay cut for Premier Tim Houston, which would drop his current annual salary to $190,754.

A session of the Nova Scotia legislature at Province House in Halifax on Thursday, March 24, 2022. A one-week session is expected to wrap up with the passage of a bill that rescinds a recommended 12.6 per cent pay raise for its members. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Houston’s Progressive Conservative government convened the emergency session on July 26 in order to cancel binding recommendations made last month by an independent review panel that examined the compensation package for House of Assembly members.

The legislated review was set in motion following last summer’s provincial election and was authorized by Speaker Keith Bain on May 30.

But Houston says convening the legislature in the summer to stop a pay raise for politicians was necessary because the public is struggling with inflation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 2, 2022.

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