No meet pay won't go away
Published Friday, March 30, 2012 5:21PM MDT
Alison Redford is taking heat once again for her delayed decision to demand MLAs pay back and money they received for sitting on a government committee that didn't meet for three years.
The accusation comes from within her party from one of her former colleagues.
Richard Marz, who just finished his fourth term as MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, says it's unfair of Redford to only demand private members pay back the money.
Cabinet Ministers don't get paid to sit on committees, but they make a lot more money than backbenchers.
They gave themselves a massive raise a few years ago and justified it by saying they didn't get committee pay.
Marz says they should also be giving money back.
"Ministers as I'm aware ministers were given that 30 per cent because they weren't paid for sitting on committees so the 30 per cent was compensation for not getting paid on committees so those that were ministers that sat on that committee, shouldn't they pay something back too?" said Marz.
Marz says he didn't get paid for this committee because he'd already reached his maximum committee pay through other ones.
MLAs can sit on up to five committees but only get paid for three.
Marz says he probably would've given the cash back if he had to but he says private members are being thrown under the bus.
He says they work just as hard as Cabinet Ministers and don't get paid as much so he dosen't understand why they have to pay cash back when others don't.
PC Leader Redford says it's a different issue.
"That was a decision made sometime ago certainly when this government was first elected last time. In terms of whether or not they're connected, I can't say if they are or not, I can't say why he'd have that perspective," said Redford.
Marz says the Premier had a chance to defend MLAs and the work they do and that didn't happen.