Politician Pay Cuts

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“Albertans want a government that will restore fiscal responsibility to our province – and that has to start at the top. That’s why it’s important for a future United Conservative caucus to reduce our own salaries. The time for real leadership is now.

  • A United Conservative government would lead by example, reducing the Premier’s salary by 10% and MLA salaries by 5%.
  • This demonstration of leadership by the United Conservatives does not mean that a future United Conservative government would be seeking salary rollbacks in the broader public sector.
  • A United Conservative government would also end a perk for elected members which allows MLAs to claim fuel and minor maintenance expenses for private vehicles, in addition to a per-kilometer allowance.

Politician pay cuts

A United Conservative government will immediately enact significant salary reductions for Alberta MLAs, cabinet ministers and for the Premier.

Salaries for MLAs and cabinet ministers will be reduced five percent; the Premier’s salary will be cut 10 per cent.

These proposed 2019 cuts in political pay, are in addition to the February 2015 reduction of five percent for MLAs announced by the late Jim Prentice, and come after a five-year freeze on legislative salaries.

The combined effect of both reductions is an almost 15 percent cut in the Premier’s salary and a nearly 10 percent cut in MLA pay.

The dollar effect of both reductions (February 2015 + January 2019) will be:

  • $31,579.60 less for the Premier, who would now earn $186,170.40.
  • $19,603 less for ministers and for the Leader of the Official Opposition, who would now receive $181,396.80.​
  • $13,068.80 less for MLAs, who would now earn $120,931.20.​
  • Savings from legislative salary reductions would amount to approximately $1.6 million.​

Ending Perk for Vehicle Expenses

The United Conservatives also pledged to end a perk for elected members which allows MLAs to claim fuel and minor maintenance expenses for private vehicles, in addition to a per-kilometre allowance.

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