Several websites and social media pages have jumped on the issue of ministerial salaries in recent weeks.


  • Falsehood #1: The government is not upfront about how ministerial salaries are calculated.

    Fact: This is false. The pay components are set out in a White Paper, which was tabled in Parliament in 2012. You can find the White Paper here.  

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The MR4 Minister’s annual salary of $1.1 million includes bonuses. If the minister doesn’t do well – and if the economy doesn’t do well – he may get well below $1.1 million.

  • Falsehood #2: Our Prime Minister is being paid $2.2 million a year as a base salary, not including bonuses. His total salary is $4.5 million

    Fact: This is false. The Prime Minister’s norm salary is set at two times that of an MR4 Minister. His $2.2 million annual salary includes bonuses. The Prime Minister does not receive a Performance Bonus as there is no one to assess his performance annually. He does receive the National Bonus.

    This article is accurate as of September 2018.