MP Pensions: Amount of annual pension collected in 2012-13, and the number of parliamentarians (and their survivors and dependants) collecting it:
$90,000 and over — 89 former MPs and senators, one survivor.
$0 – $39,999 — 151 former MPs and senators, 126 survivors and dependants.
Harper’s total annual salary is $315,462, when you include his Prime Minister’s wage of $157,731 and equivalent basic allowance for members of Parliament. Currently, Prime Ministers who serve four years or longer receive two-thirds of their $157,731 in additional salary — or about $105,000 — in annual pension once they are no longer an MP or reach age 65, whichever comes later. That total is in addition to the pension paid to all members of Parliament who serve six years or longer.
The average combined monthly benefit from Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan is $11,300 per person, so a typical working couple can expect to get about $22,000 a year from the government. If you both worked and contributed to CPP your whole lives, you could get as much as $32,000 a year. This is on top of any private or public pension income.
So, where is the spiritual application in all of this you ask? Well, yesterday at church the speaker made reference to John 14:6. We can read it every Sunday as it spans the baptismal tank at the front of the church. Quoting Jesus it says, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE".
As I once again meditated on these words I asked myself the question, "If these words are not true, then what?" Well, the opposite of the truth is a lie. In this instance it would have to read "I AM THE WRONG WAY, THE LIE AND THE DEATH" The truth in this instance applies to the world's ways and to satan - even if he didn't actually say them. So, here is a truthful meme you are free to share...