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Happy retirement Sen. Duffy – here’s $4K a month for life

The CTF estimates Duffy will receive an annual pension of about $47,000. If Duffy continues to receive the pension to age 90, then he will have received a total of about $700,000 over those 15 years.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is hosting a virtual retirement party for Sen. Mike Duffy, as the former journalist caught in an expenses scandal is set to pocket a $4,000 a month pension for life.

Duffy reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 for Canadian senators on Thursday.

“Duffy will get almost four thousand dollars a month for the rest of his life thanks to his taxpayer-funded pension,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director of the CTF.

“It’s good that some progress was made on pension reform a few years ago, but senators are still receiving very generous benefits, especially when the vast majority of taxpayers working outside of government don’t have a workplace pension.”

The CTF estimates Duffy will receive an annual pension of about $47,000. If Duffy continues to receive the pension to age 90, then he will have received a total of about $700,000 over those 15 years.

The vast majority of Canadians working outside of government are not covered by a workplace pension, said the CTF.

When including the salary he received during his time in the Senate, Duffy will have pocketed about $2 million from taxpayers, assuming he receives the pension for 15 years.

The Senate’s budget for 2021 is $115.6 million, which represents an 11% increase over five years.

The base salary of a senator is now $160,800. Senators have received two pay raises during the pandemic, with the base salary growing by $6,900.

“Do we really need to spend north of $100 million for an unelected and unaccountable Senate?” said Terrazzano.

“A hair cut to the Senate’s budget probably won’t keep too many Canadians up at night. This year taxpayers are wishing for a lower tax bill and a little less Senate when we blow out the candles.”

Duffy was appointed to the Senate in 2009 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The former journalist became embroiled in an expenses scandal in 2012 when he claimed his cottage in Prince Edward Island as his main residence and filed for housing expenses for his longtime home in Ottawa.

He finally agreed to pay back $90,000 – but it was later revealed the money came from Harper’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

The RCMP later charged Duffy with 31 criminal counts in connection to the scandal, He was acquitted on all counts in 2016. 

He was suspended by the Senate at the time and launched an unsuccessful lawsuit for nearly $8 million.

He has been sitting as an Independent senator.

You can view the virtual birthday party here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    May 28, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Canada’s Politicians look after the people who are most important to them . . . .
    Canada’s Politicians !

    Too bad the RCMP were not as interested in Real Corruption in Canada . . . they would investigate Canada’s Crime Minister & his gaggle of incompetents like WHO’s Tam.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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