“MLA’s were given a pay raise too soon after the 2015 election.”
The PEI Indemnities and Allowances Commission is responsible for determining if and when MLA’s receive salary increases.
“The Indemnities & Allowances Commission is established under Section 46 of the Legislative Assembly Act to review and recommend salary and benefits for the members of the Legislative Assembly.
The Commission is made up of three individuals appointed by the Speaker, and is independent of the Legislative Assembly. Commissioners serve until the Assembly in which they were appointed is dissolved, annually reporting their binding decisions to the members of the Legislative Assembly by December 1 of every year.”
Their 2015 report analysed MLA remuneration and benefits including pension plan, comparison with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Consumer Price Index, PEI Gross Domestic Product, and trends in public sector salary increases.
The decision recorded in the report is as follows:
“The Commission has concluded, based on its research, that there shall be a 2% increase (rounded to the nearest dollar) to the base salary and additional salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly and others, as defined in Section 46 of the Legislative Assembly Act , for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2016.”