A scheduled pay raise for all Members of Parliament is being condemned by a local MP.

Dan Mazier, MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, thinks it’s inappropriate for politicians to accept a raise during the COVID-19 crisis.

“COVID-19 is not only a health crisis, it is an economic crisis that is impacting the finances of all Canadians. It’s Canadians who need support at this time, not politicians.”

MPs are required to accept the raise under current legislation, so Mazier has decided to donate his pay increase to local organizations and charities working to support the people impacted by COVID-19 in his riding. Mazier notes it’s an especially challenging time for many local charities who are dealing with decreased revenue and increased demand.

The MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa has also been virtually meeting with local businesses, industry leaders, and constituents to hear their stories, and voice their concerns to other MPs and government officials. He’s encouraging everyone to support local businesses in our rural communities during and after the pandemic.

Going forward, Mazier is encouraging community members to continue reaching out and assisting seniors, and to follow the advice of public health officials to reduce the risk of exposure to those with underlying health issues.

You can listen to Dan Mazier on 730 CKDM during “Parliament and the Parkland” this Thursday morning at 8:15am during the Al Morning Show.