I was pleased to see that Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has announced that his caucus will forgo a salary increase this year. While it may be unpopular, I believe that our provincial MLA's deserve every penny that they get. While no one would ever get into politics to get rich, many of our MLA's could find better paying jobs in the private sector, but forgo this in the name of public service.
This move will save the Alberta taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars this year. These savings will avoid any rollbacks on the public sector employees incomes. This was an excellent decision and I am pleased to see it was made before the public" screamed about any potential increases to MLA's salaries.