BILL NO. 66
2nd Session, 62nd General Assembly
63 Elizabeth II, 2014
House of Assembly Act (amended),
House of Assembly Management Commission Act (amended)
Members' Retiring Allowances Act (amended)
The Honourable Michel P. Samson
Government House Leader
First Reading: October 31, 2014
Second Reading: October 31, 2014
Third Reading: November 6, 2014 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 2 provides that
(a) the application by an MLA to the Speaker for approval to obtain retirement counselling, career counselling or career retraining services may be made to the Speaker upon the MLA confirming in writing to the Speaker that he or she will not seek re-election in the next election; and
(b) all money received for such services must be immediately reimbursed if the MLA is re-elected,
as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.
Clause 3 permits MLAs who have ceased to be outside members, because of the change in the definition of outside member made by Clause 1, to claim accommodation expenses up to and including July 31, 2014, as recommended by the House of Assembly Management Commission .
Clause 4 amends the House of Assembly Management Commission Act to authorize the House of Assembly Management Commission to make regulations prescribing factors to be considered in determining where an MLA is ordinarily resident in order to determine if an MLA is an outside member and setting up an appeal process to resolve any dispute as to where an MLA is ordinarily resident, as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.
Clause 5 amends the Members' Retiring Allowances Act to entitle an MLA to a retiring allowance after two years' service in the House of Assembly, as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.
Clause 6 makes a change consequential to the change made by Clause 5.
Clauses 7 and 8 integrate the retiring allowances with the Canada Pension Plan, as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 (1) Clause 2(1)(e) of Chapter 1 (1992 Supplement) of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the House of Assembly Act, is repealed and the following clauses substituted:
(1B) In determining whether a member of the House is an outside member, the distance between the place where the member is ordinarily resident and the place where the House ordinarily sits is measured along the shortest normal route between the two places open to the travelling public.
3 Notwithstanding the MLA Remuneration Panel Report dated April 9, 2014, members of the House of Assembly who have ceased to be outside members on November 1, 2013, because of the implementation of Report, may claim accommodation expenses up to and including July 31, 2014.
4 Subsection 27(1) of Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2010, the House of Assembly Management Commission Act, is amended by adding immediately after clause (c) the following clauses:
(cb) establishing an appeal process to resolve disputes respecting where a member of the House of Assembly is ordinarily resident for the purpose of determining whether a member is an outside member as defined in the House of Assembly Act;
5 Section 11 of Chapter 282 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Members' Retiring Allowances Act, as amended by Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2010 and Chapter 39 of the Acts of 2011, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (3) the following subsections:
(3B) An allowance shall be paid in accordance with this Act to or in respect of a person who is a member on the first day of November, 2013, or becomes a member subsequent to that date, who has made payments into the General Revenue Fund of the Province pursuant to Section 6, 8, 9 or 10, who has served as a member for at least two years and who
6 Section 14 is amended by adding "(1)" immediately after the Section number and adding the following subsections:
(e) to the person or, if deceased, to, subject to the limitation in the Income Tax Act (Canada), the spouse, children or dependants of the person who would be entitled if the person had served two years and upwards, an allowance calculated in accordance with Section 12 or 13 as if the person had served two years, provided that there shall be deducted from such allowance in each year for the time that the person has served less than two years an amount equal to the deductions that would have been made in such year if the person had continued to serve as a member and receive the same annual indemnity as the person was receiving at the time of the person's death or total disability; or
(f) a refund of the contributions paid by the person, at the option of the person or, if deceased, the person's spouse or, where there is no spouse, the person's personal representative, in accordance with Section 16.
7 Chapter 282 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 22 the following Section:
(2) Effective the date of the next general election, a survivor allowance payable under the Registered Plan or the Supplementary Plan to a spousal, child or dependant survivor of a member or former member who participated in and contributed to the Canada Pension Plan must be integrated with the pension benefits earned under the Canada Pension Plan and must, notwithstanding Sections 12, 14 and 21A, be calculated as prescribed by the regulations.
(4) For the purpose of subsection (1), a person who is not exempt from participation in the Canada Pension Plan is deemed to be entitled to commencement of a pension under the Canada Pension Plan at age sixty-five, regardless of whether the person applies for and receives a pension under the Canada Pension Plan at that time.
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