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Old 01-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Lightbulb while many canadian's suffer MP's tax payer backed pensions recieve 10.4% by Law!

while many canadian's suffer MP's tax payer backed pensions recieve 10.4% by Law!

Scrap lucrative pension plan for MPs: taxpayers group
18/01/2012 12:26:02 PM
Angela Mulholland

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says MPs have one of the cushiest pension fund programs in Canada and it's time to shut it down.

The federation says with belts being tightened everywhere, it's time for a more modest system in which the government matches MP contributions to the plan on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

As it currently stands, taxpayers kick in $23.30 for every $1 an MP contributes, the federation says.

Officially, taxpayers contribute $5.80 for every $1 that MPs contribute, but the taxpayer group says it's actually much higher than that, because the government adds "interest" into the MP pension accounts at a rate of 10.4 per cent per year.

MP pension funds are not invested in the market, like other pension funds. Instead, the "interest" rate is set by MPs and senators themselves.

"These 'interest' earnings are in fact a massive top-up from taxpayers," the group says.

What's more, the 10.4 per cent interest rate, which is guaranteed in law, is outrageously high, says the group's federal director, Gregory Thomas.

"Even during the market meltdown of 2008 -- when the Canada Pension Plan lost 18.6 per cent of its value, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan lost 18 per cent, the Quebec Pension Plan lost 25 per cent and the S&P/TSX total return index lost 33 per cent—the MP pension plan returned 10.4 per cent, just as it has every other year," Thomas said in a news release.

"I'd bet there's a few million Canadians who would love to see a government-guaranteed 10.4 per cent annual return on their RRSPs."

The result is that taxpayers contribute $248,668 each year to each MP's pension fund. That's more than a MP's base salary, which stands at $157,000.

As well, MPs become eligible for the MP pension plan after only six years of service and can start collecting at age 55.

"Teachers, bus drivers, farmers, cops, small business owners, would all love to get a pension at age 55 after only six years of service," said Thomas.

During those six years, MPs need only contribute $10,900 a year to get the minimum backbencher pension. The group estimates it would take a regular Canadian nearly 30 years to save as much as a backbench MP would get in their eventual pension payout after just six years.

The group wants MPs to shut down the current pension scheme, and join the new Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP).

They also want to see taxpayer contributions capped at a dollar-to-dollar level.

As well, they want to ensure that convicted fraudsters are barred from collecting parliamentary pension benefits.
hmm. seems very despotic & criminal to me, but i'm sure some glorious commrad will chime in to correct zee errors of my perverse thinking
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