1) Health Minister Ron Liepert (MLA Calgary-West):
Albertans have made it clear they want decisive action from their government and that determining their own wage saves time and keeps voters happy.
“We will inevitably come to the conclusion it’s deserved, so if . . . it makes sense, then we just do it,” Liepert said.
Translation: Albertans re-elected the Stelmach Tories with the specific intent of allowing Ministers to vote themselves a +30% pay hike in a closed-door meeting. This keeps voters happy.
2) Tourism, Parks, and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady (MLA Calgary-Shaw):
“Every time we go to an independent body, people always say to triple our salaries.“
Translation: An independent review would have given Cabinet Ministers a 200% pay-hike, instead of the 30% pay-hike that they gave themselves. Therefore, the closed-door pay hikes save Albertans money!
I don’t have a problem with Cabinet Ministers being paid well, I would just prefer it if their increases were determined in an open and transparent way (apparently, they disagree).