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Sunshine list a good first step; more action needed: Wildrose

EDMONTON, AB (December 19, 2013): The Wildrose Official Opposition today congratulated the PC government for adopting its policy on greater fiscal accountability by disclosing salaries, benefits and severance amounts for all Alberta public servants making over $100,000.  

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith applauded the move as a good first step and said the PCs should continue to ensure transparency and improve accountability to Albertans. She notes that the PCs have struck down Wildrose legislation aimed at pay and perks while continuing to fight FOIP requests for various expense and severance disclosures.  “It’s definitely encouraging to see the PC government follow our lead by disclosing this type of information, but Albertans need to see more from the government,” Smith said. “The PCs have repeatedly blocked our attempts to improve fiscal accountability. I’m hopeful that this is an indication that they’re about to change course.”  Wildrose has consistently called for the disclosure of a so-called “sunshine list.” In October, Smith said the government should “make public all contracts when senior employees are hired and all details of payments made to them when they leave.” During budget estimates in April, Wildrose MLA Gary Bikman questioned Thomas Lukaszuk on why the government didn’t disclose salaries of employees making over $100,000.  Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said while today’s move is a victory for Alberta taxpayers, the PCs have a long way to go to demonstrate true respect for taxpayer dollars and implement transparency.  “I’m glad we’re about to find out how badly the PCs have hosed taxpayers, but they now need to actually stop doing it,” Finance Critic Rob Anderson said.  He called on the government to support his private members’ bill – the Severance and Bonus Limitation Statutes Amendment Act. The bill would reform severance packages and bonuses paid to senior government executives.