MPs to debate stripping convicted politicians of their pension

Pages prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Oct. 10, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Pages prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Oct. 10, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:40 PM ET

OTTAWA — Parliamentarians this week will consider the merits of a private member's bill that would revoke the pensions of misbehaving colleagues.

The bill — Protecting Taxpayers and Revoking Pensions of Convicted Politicians Act — is the brainchild of New Brunswick Tory MP John Williamson.

It's inspired by a similar bill the Nova Scotia legislature passed last summer in the wake of a spending scandal that rocked the province.

Williamson's bill, to be debated in the House of Commons on Tuesday, would strip a politician of his/her pension if convicted of an indictable offence committed while in office that results in a sentence of two or more years in prison. It would be retroactive to last June.

Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, and Patrick Brazeau are under RCMP investigation. Former senator Mac Harb is also under investigation.

No charges have been laid and no allegations against them have been proven in court.


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