Bill to revoke politicians’ pensions passes

The House of Commons has passed a bill that would revoke the pensions of politicians convicted of serious crimes.

Moved by Conservative MP John Williamson, Bill C-518 would apply to future occasions when an MP or senator is convicted of crimes such as bribery or fraud. But politicians convicted of murder or distributing child pornography would not be affected.

Even those who are affected wouldn’t lose their entire pensions. They would lose only the portion contributed by the government, but they would keep any funds they put in and any interest earned on those contributions.

The bill cleared the Commons with support from all parties and a vote of 257–13. It’s now going to the Senate.

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