NDP backs down on poorly-timed MLA pay hike: BC Liberals

THE BC Liberals said on Tuesday that after significant public pressure in support of their call to freeze MLA salaries for the forthcoming year, the NDP came to their senses and agreed to cancel a proposed MLA pay increase of six to 10 per cent in 2023/24.

This was a victory for the thousands of hard-working British Columbians struggling to make ends meet for themselves and their families, they added.

“The NDP may have ignored my private member’s bill on this issue during the fall session, but they couldn’t ignore the voices of British Columbians who wrote in to share their opposition to the idea of politicians getting a pay raise during these difficult economic circumstances,” said Opposition House Leader Todd Stone.

“I’m pleased the NDP finally changed course and agreed to forego this planned pay hike. As we pointed out many months ago, it’s the right thing to do.”

Stone said that while the government is at it, it should also cancel the retroactive pay increases of $20,000 per cabinet minister it gave them.