Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith moved Tuesday to snuff out a controversy surrounding her beliefs on social issues by affirming she is pro-choice and pro-gay rights.

Wildrose party responds to premier’s call, issues skimpy money list

The name of just one person is contained in a so-called sunshine list of people employed by Alberta’s Wildrose party who make more than $100,000 a year.

EDMONTON — The name of just one person is contained in a so-called sunshine list of people employed by Alberta’s Wildrose party who make more than $100,000 a year.

The list released by the Opposition on Wednesday shows that Shannon Stubbs, the party’s director of legislative affairs, made $101, 640 in 2013 with no cash benefits, and that no party employees earned above the $100,000 benchmark the previous year.

The release came the same day Alberta Premier Alison Redford admitted she was surprised and disappointed that it cost $45,000 for her to travel to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December.

Redford says she wouldn’t have gone to the funeral if she had known it was going to cost taxpayers so much money, but she also argued that the Wildrose party should release it’s own list.

Opposition leaders say the premier’s lavish spending on travel abroad shows contempt for taxpayers and that she should pay back the money.

A list released recently by the Tories shows 3,100 government employees made more than $100,000 last year.

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