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