For Immediate Release: All parties collude against cutting MLA pay; refuse to debate it

Published on April 30, 2018

Today all parties in the Legislature colluded to vote down Independent-Conservative MLA Derek Fildebrandt’s motion to reduce MLA pay by 5% until the budget is balanced.

Indications are that all party whips met to prevent debate, as for the first time in modern Alberta history, not one MLA rose to debate the bill and a recorded vote was not permitted.

“I was disappointed today that the one thing all parties should have been able to agree on was met with silence. I know that there were MLAs who supported the pay cut, but were told that they had to vote against it or stay out of the house. MLAs should be proud to stand in Legislature and speak for their constituents”

When Fildebrandt requested a recorded vote on the MLA pay cut, all parties refused to allow one.

"If other MLAs are against a temporary pay cut for politicians, then they should at least have the guts to have their names recorded for a vote."