Author of pay report stands by raises for Alberta politicians

The man who recommended Alberta Premier Alison Redford receive a nearly 60 per cent pay increase over three years is standing by his recommendation.

EDMONTON — The man who recommended Alberta Premier Alison Redford receive a nearly 60 per cent pay increase over three years is standing by his recommendation.

Retired Supreme Court justice John Major says it doesn’t make sense that the province’s leader should earn less than a low-ranked judge.

Redford has already said she’ll refuse the raise

Major is also recommending a move to a single base salary and bringing in a pension plan for legislature members instead of making generous transition payments.

He says his conclusions were based on a study of what politicians actually do rather than a simple comparison to other jurisdictions.

Both the Wildrose and Liberal parties say Major’s suggestions are too rich.

Redford’s government must now decide what it will do with Major’s report.