LOOP CARIBBEAN: Grenada’s Minister of Finance Dennis Cornwall has announced that in a bid to strengthen Parliamentary representation the matter of increased compensation to parliamentarians will be brought before the House Committee for deliberation and decision.
He says this will be guided by the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Pay and Remuneration Survey Outcome Report 2020 to 2021 which provides a comprehensive survey of parliamentary salaries and allowance across the Commonwealth nations.
The finance minister says the government shall propose a salary of $5,000 per month for each elected Member of Parliament irrespective of whether they are a Member of the Government or the Opposition.
The government shall also propose a Constituency Provision of $120,000 per year for each elected Member of Parliament irrespective of whether they are a Member of Government or Opposition.
Also being proposed is a salary of $3,500 to members of the Senate irrespective of whether they are a Government, Opposition or Independent appointed Senator
Cornwall says he is sure the nation will be shocked if told that Parliamentarians who are not Cabinet members or who are Opposition members of parliament only receive a basic parliamentary allowance of $1,474 per month while a Senator receives a basic parliamentary salary of $852 per month.
“This is clearly untenable,” says Minister Cornwall as he notes the experience in other Caribbean countries is vastly different ranging from Dominica to Trinidad and Tobago to The Bahamas.
The Finance minister says while successive governments have shied away from addressing this issue, he believes as current Members of the House they should not continue to kick the can down the road for the next generation of Parliamentarians.
Cornwall was speaking during the Budget presentation on Monday.
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