No work, no pay for ab­sen­tee MP

Di Io­rio to give back last 5 months’ salary

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

OT­TAWA — The mys­te­ri­ous case of a miss­ing MP has taken an­other twist.

The Lib­eral party’s whip says Ni­cola Di Io­rio, who hasn’t been seen on the Hill since Par­lia­ment re­sumed on Sept. 17, will give back the salary he re­ceives dur­ing his fi­nal five months as an MP be­fore his official re­tire­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Mark Hol­land, the Mon­treal MP has de­cided to “do­nate his salary back” dur­ing the pe­riod from Septem­ber to Jan. 22.

While he’s been ab­sent from the House of Com­mons, Di Io­rio was spot­ted at a cannabis trade show in Mon­treal last month, where he made a pre­sen­ta­tion in his ca­pac­ity as a labour and em­ploy­ment lawyer.

The base an­nual salary for an MP is $172,700 but, ac­cord­ing to par­lia­men­tary rules, an MP who is ab­sent from the Com­mons can be docked $120 of salary per day for each ab­sence over 21 days.

Di Io­rio an­nounced his in­ten­tion to re­tire from pol­i­tics in April but had sec­ond thoughts over the sum­mer and, in Septem­ber, said he was re­flect­ing on his fu­ture.

Last week, un­der pressure to ex­plain why he wasn’t show­ing up for work on the Hill, Di Io­rio posted a short mes­sage on Face­book say­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau had as­signed him re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that re­quired him to be away from the Com­mons — some­thing the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice has not clar­i­fied.

This week, Di Io­rio an­nounced he will re­tire on Jan. 22, af­ter fi­nal­iz­ing “cer­tain pro­jects.”

“He has a num­ber of items, both in his con­stituency and items that he was work­ing on as a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing his con­cern around im­paired driv­ing, that he wants to fin­ish be­fore he leaves,” Hol­land said Wed­nes­day.



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