In Rare Example Of Sacrifice By Politicians, Kenney & Alberta MLAs Take Pay Cuts

Kenney fulfills promise made during campaign.

In a rare example of politicians both keeping promises, and making a financial sacrifice, Alberta MLAs will be cutting their own pay by 5%.

Premier Jason Kenney will take a pay cut of 10%.

“Today @UCPCaucus MLAs on the Legislature’s Members Services Committee proposed and passed a 5% put cut for MLAs, and a 10% cut in the Premier’s salary. That’s on top of the 5% cuts brought in by the last PC government. We’re keeping our promise to lead by example.”

This fulfills a promise made by Kenney during his leadership campaign for the United Conservative Party.

Of course, Kenney and Alberta MLAs still make much more than the average Canadian, with Kenney making $186,000 per year. Cabinet ministers will get $181,000. Regular MLAs will make $121,000 per year.

Still, it’s good to see a promise being kept, and it even had multi-party support, with the NDP voting in favour of the pay cuts as well.

More politicians should follow Kenney’s example. After all, how can they expect us to sacrifice if they won’t make sacrifices themselves?

Spencer Fernando