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Reality Check: PC MLAs and the “Money For Nothing” Committee

Redford PCs Flip-Flop in Wake of Voter Outrage and Tanking Poll Numbers March 29, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Faced with tanking poll numbers and a sputtering campaign, the Redford PCs have finally woken up to the fact that their culture of entitlement and corruption isn’t sitting well with Alberta voters. After repeatedly refusing to return the money PC MLAs received for sitting on an MLA Committee that didn’t meet for three years, the PCs have suddenly decided to pay back their unearned “money for nothing” cash.

 Let’s review the PC Record on this issue: March 12, 2012 – Redford attacks Opposition MLAs, including Wildrose, who commit to returning cash from Committee: “I find it terribly interesting that a number of people in this house, who today have come up with a convenient stunt to try and polarize an issue…” Alison Redford, CBC News, March 12, 2012. March 20, 2012 – Redford PCs agree to return a small portion of cash they received from the Committee after Redford became leader.  Redford says she can’t force MLAs to return cash from before she became Premier: “I can’t revisit the past. I can ask caucus to reflect my values since I became the leader of this party and premier of this province (in October).  I set a standard in terms of how I would like our caucus to conduct themselves.” Alison Redford, Edmonton Journal, March 20, 2012 March 22, 2012 – It is revealed that the PCs polled Albertans before deciding to take a small step in the right direction and return a fraction of the money they received from the no-work Committee: Global News has obtained an internal poll conducted just before the PC caucus made its decision for MLAs sitting on a no-meet committee to return 6 months of pay.  Global News, March 22, 2012 March 29, 2012 – In the face of tanking poll numbers, the PCs have flip-flopped yet again on this issue and have finally agreed repay the money their MLAs took for sitting on an MLA Committee that never met. “Leadership is about making decisions; sometimes difficult decisions…” Alison Redford, PC News Release, March 29, 2012 It shouldn’t take tanking polls numbers and “Dire Straits” before PC MLAs agree to do the right thing.  Alberta voters will see through this desperate PC political ploy.