I am disgusted and outraged. Who would ever believe that during a time when our economy is basically in the toilet, that 20 plus elected MLAs would so blatantly and with no sense of responsibility or accountability, accept pay (for 39 months) to the tune of $39,000 each, for services not rendered, on a phantom committee no one knows anything about!
Now, because they were caught, the Conservatives have agreed, grudgingly, to pay back $2,000 or 0.05 per cent of their ill-gotten gains. They have stated that they will not pay back anything during the time Ed Stelmach was their leader. What a surprise.
It was fully apparent his main mandate was to squeeze through as many raises and bonuses as he possibly could, for himself and his cronies before he left office without fulfilling his term. Not to mention the cushy retirement package he walked away with.
This is precedent setting. Does this now mean that we citizens can follow suit and only pay back a pittance of the money paid to them, that they did not earn? That $1 million plus would go far towards a breakfast program for the many children in our province who start each day on an empty stomach (and not by choice), or housing for the many disadvantaged seniors.
In my opinion, those MLAs are guilty of fraud and theft from the citizens of Alberta. And as I said, I am disgusted and outraged.