Province releases MLA compensation

Shuswap residents can get a sense of what their representative in Victoria earns.

Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA

Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA

Shuswap residents can get a sense of what their representative in Victoria earns.

Compensation details for B.C.’s MLAs has been released for 2015/16.

“The compensation is reasonable,” said MLA Greg Kyllo.

Kyllo had a wage of $102,568 in 2015/16, as well as a capital city living allowance of $23,692 and an allowance of $15,385 as parliamentary secretary.

“Everyone ran for office knowing what the pay scale was,” said Kyllo.

Kyllo admits some residents may question salaries for elected officials.

“The public often doesn’t have a full understanding of the workload involved as MLA,” he said.

“It’s easily 50 to 60 hours a week. There isn’t as much free time as there is in the private sector. The fun factor in my life has gone down since being elected and I don’t mean that in a negative way.”

The documents indicate that Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster had a wage of $102,568 as well as a capital city living allowance of $22,808 and travel of $27,173.

Foster isn’t concerned about public perception about salaries.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into it,” he said.

 

 

Salmon Arm Observer

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