MLA salary review urged

Alberta’s Liberals are rekindling the issue of how salaries and benefits are set for provincial politicians.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Liberals are rekindling the issue of how salaries and benefits are set for provincial politicians.

The opposition party wants an independent committee to determine salaries for elected members.

The idea was shot down by Premier Ed Stelmach’s Conservative government when it was raised a couple of months ago at the committee level.

But Liberal Bridget Pastoor says she plans to introduce a motion in the legislature to start a new round of debate on the issue.

Salaries for elected members became a hot topic a couple of years ago when a closed-door vote resulted in a 30-per-cent pay hike for the premier and his ministers.

Since then, salaries for elected members have been frozen but Stelmach’s Tories continue to resist any attempt to create an independent review panel.