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Panel Chosen to Review Nova Scotia Politicians’ Pensions

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Retirement | 0 comments

Canadian Press
Published: May 05, 2011 11:36 a.m.
HALIFAX – Retired Supreme Court Justice David Gruchy has been named to head a three-member panel tasked with reviewing pensions for Nova Scotia politicians.Former Utility and Review Board chairman John Morash and Ron Smith, former chief financial officer for Emera Inc., will join Gruchy on the panel.

The panel will review the pension plan and retirement benefits for politicians, along with the cost of administration.

It will report back with non-binding recommendations to legislature Speaker Gordie Gosse within six months.

Under the terms of reference, the panel has been asked to consider that the pensions should not be so minimal that they may discourage people from running for public office, or so large that they act as an inducement.

The pension review was announced in January.

Premier Darrell Dexter said he was open to examining pensions after the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said last fall that the plan was too rich.

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