PAYDAY: Supreme Court Chief Justice Will Be Paid Over $270K Per Year After She Retires

Nice deal for Beverley McLachlin, not so nice for Canadian taxpayers.

A report in iPolitics reveals that Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin – who will soon be retiring – will get over $270,000 per year for the rest of her life.

The report draws attention to “An order in council posted on October 26,” which, “sets out the annuity for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who is set to retire on December 15 after a 36-year judicial career, 17 years of which were spent as the top court’s lead judge. The order “grants to the Right Honourable Beverley M. McLachlin an annuity of $270,266, commencing on December 15, 2017 and continuing during her life.”

It’s a great deal for McLachlin, but many Canadian taxpayers will wonder why we’re paying such a large amount of money every year when she’s no longer on the job.

This is similar to how politicians have set up a system that gives themselves easy access to large pension benefits, even after just 6 years in office. Of course, they give themselves benefits far beyond what most Canadians get.

Canadians should get a vote on what politicians and public servants get after they retire

We are supposed to be the bosses of those in public service. That means we should get to decide what they get paid, both while they are on the job, and when they leave. Paying someone over $270,000 per year after they leave is outrageous, considering that our Veterans give service to the public in much tougher and much more dangerous circumstances, yet get just a fraction of what McLachlin is getting, and have to constantly fight the government in court even for that.

That’s why compensation for bureaucrats and politicians – including the Supreme Court – should be decided through a public referendum, where all Canadians get our say in what we decide to pay those who work for us.

Spencer Fernando

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