MLA Remuneration Review Panel Members Chosen

The three member MLA remuneration review panel has been finalized. Roy Salmon, Janet Hazelton, and John Merrick were appointed today, Dec. 30.

The MLA Remuneration Review Panel will review compensation packages, including salaries, benefits, pensions, travel and constituency allowances for MLAs.

“I want to thank the panel members for agreeing to take on this important work,” said Speaker of the House of Assembly Kevin Murphy. “The House of Assembly welcomes the expertise the panel members bring to the table, and will do all we can to support them as they begin the task before them.”

Mr. Salmon will serve as chair of the panel. He served as auditor general of Nova Scotia for 14 years, retiring in 2006. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a certified internal auditor from the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Ms. Hazelton has served as president of the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union since 2002. Ms. Hazelton has sat on the board of directors for the Workers Compensation Board since 2005, and is the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union trustee for the Health Association of Nova Scotia Pension Plan.

Mr. Merrick, a known consumer advocate and former counsel to Public Inquiry into the Westray Mine Disaster, will also serve as a panel member. Mr. Merrick holds a mediation certificate from the Harvard Law School Mediation Program, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The panel will begin its deliberations early in the New Year and will present its findings by March 31.

Source: Release

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