Alberta increases salaries by 7 per cent for top managers: Opposition Wildrose

The Opposition Wildrose party says the Alberta government has broken its promise and secretly boosted salaries for its top managers.

EDMONTON — The Opposition Wildrose party says the Alberta government has broken its promise and secretly boosted salaries for its top managers.

The pay increase will see deputy ministers, the top civil servants in each department, make more than $300,000 a year by 2016.

The hike was quietly approved by cabinet last week.

It comes a year and a half after the government said it would freeze the salaries of senior managers for three years to lead by example in tough financial times.

Wildrose finance critic Rob Anderson says the move shows that even though former premier Alison Redford is gone, the PC party’s culture of entitlement continues.

A spokesman for Premier Dave Hancock was not immediately available for comment.