65.12. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of any general law, special act, regulation, by-law or order, no member of the council of a municipality may receive from that municipality, a mandatary body of the municipality and from a supramunicipal body, as remuneration and expense allowance for an office in the municipality or body, a total annual sum greater than the sum that the Government may fix by order.
The Government may define categories of municipalities, mandatary bodies of the municipalities, supramunicipal bodies and offices and fix different maximum sums according to those categories.
Every Government order must be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, and comes into force on 1 January preceding or following its publication, as provided therein.
Where the total annual sum that a member of the council would receive from the municipality, a mandatary body of the municipality and a supramunicipal body, if the Government order did not apply, exceeds the maximum amount fixed therein, each component of that total sum is proportionately decreased to render the total equal to that maximum. For the computation of the total annual sum that a member of the council would receive, the reduction effected in accordance with the third paragraph of section 65.11 is, if applicable, taken into account.
For the purposes of this section, the expressions “mandatary body of the municipality” and “supramunicipal body” have the meaning conferred on them by section 65.11 and section 14.1, respectively.