MLAs Chouhan, Bloy receive more than $150,000 in compensation from province
NDP Burnaby-Edmonds MLA Raj Chouhan received the highest compensation amongst the city's four representatives in the legislature beating out BC Liberal Harry Bloy of Burnaby-Lougheed by a few bucks.
The government's fiscal year 2010-11 report released July 18, showed Chouhan received a total of $154,747. All four had a base MLA salary of $101,859, but Chouhan picked up another $52,888. Of that, he got a $12,684 allowance for being the opposition deputy whip and another $3,460 for his time as the whip. He also claimed a capital city living allowance of $15,284 and travel expenses of $21,460.
Bloy's total was just a shade behind Chouhan's at $153,890. He got $19,366 for being deputy chair of the committee-of-the-whole, a $17,450 living allowance and $15,220 for travel. Bloy will likely get a boost in pay for 2011-12 after being promoted to a cabinet position by Premier Christy Clark. In 2010-11, ministers received a $45,706 allowance on top of their MLA salary.
Burnaby North Liberal MLA Richard Lee's compensation totalled $147,487 including $15,279 for being a parliamentary secretary, a $14,304 living allowance and $16,045 for travel.
Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA Kathy Corrigan pocketed the smallest compensation of the four by far, accumulating $122,555. The New Democrat had a living allowance of $7,197 and received $8085 for travel as well as $5,414 as opposition chair.