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Nearly half of MPs are moonlighting, including two party leaders

103 own businesses, from bakeries to investment firms


More than half of Canada’s MPs are supplementing their $157,731 base salary with other income, according to an investigation by the Canadian Press. One third, or 103 of the country’s 308 members, either own or partially own businesses, including fast-food restaurants, bakeries, holding companies and investment firms. Fifty-one members have income from other sources, including rental income and consulting fees, while another 48 receive pensions. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff collects income from a property in France, plus fees for public appearances, journalism and his books. Meanwhile, NDP leader Jack Layton owns Green Catalyst Group Inc., has a stake in Layton Holdings Ltd, partially owns an investment property, and collects a municipal pension.

Halifax Chronicle-Herald

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Nearly half of MPs are moonlighting, including two party leaders

  1. Yeah, and?

  2. Since their job involves them making policies, shouldn't this be seen as a conflict of interest?
    And this just goes to show that these people are out of touch with the common people. I mean over 100 grand a year still isn't enough for these guys to live?

    It's no wonder our country is so screwed up.

    • How many of these were existing businesses they owned before the were elected? I don't know what the average service time is for a typical back-bencher, but if they could potentially be out of a job at any time, isn't it prudent to have something to go back to once your political career is over?

      In terms of conflict of interest, is there not some rule regarding the PM and members of cabinet putting their holdings into a blind trust or some such thing? I seem to remember this coming up when Paul Martin became PM.

      In any event, this is a total non story.

      • True, but an interesting non-story.

        I wonder if business owners are more likely to get involved in politics, or more likely to be elected. But at any rate, an MP owning a bakery or restaurant in their home riding isn't much of a story. If anything, it should keep their attention on their riding instead of the business of Ottawa.

        On the other hand, a certain former PM owning a foreign-registered global shipping company with "Canadian" in the name wasn't too big a story back in the day, either.

    • Do you expect them to get — $50,000 a year? What would be a good salary for someone in politics, who's trying to guide the country in the right direction, keep us out of wars, balance the budget, hold the government to account — etc. ??

  3. Is owning an investment property (or part of one) fairly considered "moonlighting?" To me, moonlighting is a JOB.

    • It's almost none of their business, but I'm sure Ignatieff has made sure that everything is on the table.

  4. why do you not say it like it is? …'these supposed saviors of public interest are greasy, grimy, greedy little demons from the opposite side of heaven'…

  5. this must be true…i seen the pm selling hot dogs and the gg was seen on the street …..they might have been look alikes but who knows these days

  6. Strikes me as a good thing: I want statesmen to have one foot in the real world where their decisions actually impact their own wallets.

    However, it seems to me we should also pay them less for Parliamentary duty. In fact I'd prefer that we pay them for 2 months of work per year in Parliament and have Parliament sit for a total of 2 months per year, with prorogation for the other 10 months. This forces members to hold real-world jobs, costs the taxpayer less money, and reduces the time Parliamentarians have to screw things up.

  7. haha, Jack Layton, what a capitalist, he probably hangs with Kevin O'Learey when he is in Toronto