Today in symbolism

Gilles Duceppe does the math.

Opposition leaders all said they have no problem freezing their salaries but questioned how that will do anything to tame the record deficit. “I don’t mind freezing my salary … but freezing my salary is not a deficit-reduction plan,” said Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe noted that throne speech also promises to introduce legislation to add 33 seats to the House of Commons – undoing any savings the government hopes to glean from the salary freeze.