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MP pension changes separated from omnibus budget bill, sent to Senate

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday October 18, 2012.

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Changes to MP pensions have been hived off from the government's second budget bill, passed and sent to the Senate in a flurry of all-party cooperation.

The omnibus budget legislation, introduced Thursday and known as Bill C-45, will continue through the House of Commons with its remaining clauses, while a new bill called C-46 will be printed that contains the changes to MP pensions.

On Friday morning, MPs gave unanimous consent to a Conservative motion to have the bill approved through second reading, committee study, report stage and third reading all in one fell sweep without a recorded vote.

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The Liberal party immediately claimed victory, noting that Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae had proposed such a move Thursday during Question Period. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at the time that he would consider the idea.

The changes to MP pensions will move MPs to a 50-50 contribution rate. That will mean individual contributions will rise from $11,060 to $38,769, starting gradually in 2013. Also, after the next election, new MPs will not be allowed to access their MP pensions until age 65, up from age 55.

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A member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1999, Bill Curry worked for The Hill Times and the National Post prior to joining The Globe in Feb. 2005. Originally from North Bay, Ont., Bill reports on a wide range of topics on Parliament Hill, with a focus on finance. More

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