Ed Stelmach. $1,004,000. Now, a million-dollar man.Nice little departure gift, wouldn't you say? Come to think of it, maybe I missed something but I don't remember signing off on this. Do you, fellow Albertans? Who do they think they are? It smells of arrogance and entitlement. Now I don't begrudge our elected officials a decent living but this is over the top especially in a time of restraint and austerity. It is just simply outrageous.
Ken Kowalski, the legislature Speaker. $1,270,000. Even better.
Wildrose MLA Heather Forsyth. $605,000.
Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman. $482,000
Ted Morton, finance minister, apostle of austerity, elected six years ago. $345,000.
Carl Benito, the well-heeled Tory MLA who promised two years ago to donate his full salary to charity if elected, got elected and then didn’t, the man who pushed for the red-cap mushroom to be declared Alberta’s official fungus and then suggested a beauty pageant to boost tourism. $136,000, after only one term in office as a backbencher.
This big-time moolah is the estimated cheques these members of the legislature will receive if they vamoose or are bounced at the anticipated March 2012 provincial election. That’s provided they don’t add on to their pay by 2012. If anything, the dollars spelled out here are a little on the low side.
Most regular Albertans don't get sweet deals like this when they leave a job. Time for Albertan's to stand up against this kind of travesty!