EDMONTON, AB (January 20, 2012): Today Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith called for a public sector wage freeze across the board as well as a 30% cut to cabinet salaries until the government can put an end to deficit budgets. A report released by the University of Calgary revealed that in the past decade spending on public sector salaries in Alberta increased by 119 per cent compared to 63 per cent in the rest of Canada.
Smith also stated that billions are being diverted away from being able to hire more front-line workers because of the massive size of the Alberta government’s management and bureaucracy. Currently, there are roughly 6,000 senior managers in the province, which means one manager exists for every four front-line workers. “We are seeing what happens in other countries like Greece, Italy and our American neighbours when political leaders refuse to address the growing size of government,” Smith said. “Instead of getting their spending under control and trimming the management burden in our public-sector, Ms. Redford and her government continue to ask Alberta families to pick up the tab.” Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said that we can no longer afford to sell out our children in the name of politicians buying votes today. “This PC government has returned us to debt and has plundered our children’s savings,” Anderson said. “The era of big bloated government has brought Europe and the United States to their collective knees, and this government seems dead set on following down that path. It has to stop and the Wildrose will do just that.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.