Double-dipping MLA bills legislature $15,052 for expenses

(Victoria, 13 January 2014) – On top of continuing to collect his salary as mayor of the Village of Pemberton in 2012 and his salary as MLA, West Vancouver Sea-to-Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy billed the legislature for $15,052 in expenses in a little more than three months.

Sturdy claimed $3,369 for the capital city living allowance, $1,870 in per diems and $7,419 in travel on top of the $2,394 he billed for in-constituency travel. MLAs are entitled to a $61 daily per diem when they’re on official business. These figures include expenses up to 30 September.

As mayor of Pemberton, Sturdy earned an annual salary of $25,000 and is entitled to a base salary of $101,859 as MLA plus an additional $15,300 as parliamentary secretary for the Minister of Transportation.

“Since his election, Sturdy hasn’t just collected two salaries from B.C. taxpayers, he’s availed himself of virtually every perk available to MLAs, including that of holding two public offices,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

Sturdy is trying to dismiss his second salary as Pemberton mayor as irrelevant, claiming that “most mayors outside the Lower Mainland’s largest cities have second jobs.” However, IntegrityBC noted that not one of those mayors held down a second job that involved being MLA to more than 52,000 residents.

Sturdy was sworn in as West Vancouver Sea-to-Sky MLA on June 11th, following the May 14th election. He resigned as Pemberton mayor at the beginning of January..


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Dermod Travis, Executive Director