March 07, 2012

PC Culture of Corruption: Exhibit D - MLA pay and perks - will the PCs have the guts to say no to another pay raise?

EDMONTON, AB (March 7, 2012):  Premier Alison Redford should commit to not increasing MLA salaries if the compensation review commission headed by Justice John Major recommends pay hikes, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said today.  Major’s report on MLA compensation is due by the end of the month and Anderson said Redford should immediately indicate that any recommended increases to salaries, benefits or severance will be rejected.  Anderson will ask Redford to make that commitment in Question Period today.  “This government has already raised their own salaries behind closed doors, they don’t need more taxpayer-funded entitlements,” Anderson said. “The Premier should say, here and now, that increases in salary, benefits or severance are off the table.”  The Wildrose has committed to a two-thirds decrease in MLA severance packages, a single taxable monthly salary for MLAs (no hidden committee pay or tax-free allowance), and a rollback of the 30% pay hike Redford and her cabinet colleagues gave themselves in 2008.  “It’s time to start respecting taxpayers, and that means not charging them for extravagant compensation packages that in no way reflect the real world,” Anderson said.  The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.

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