Deputy premier slams Wildrose over proposed MLA raise

The Alberta legislature won’t resume for more than three weeks, but MLA salaries are already stirring debate.

Thomas Lukaszuk called the opposition party's salary request 'hypocritical'

The Wildrose party has withdrawn a motion requesting an $8,000 raise for one MLA after the deputy premiere criticized the move. 2:01

The Alberta legislature won’t resume for more than three weeks, but MLA salaries are already stirring debate.

Deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk lashed out Thursday at Wildrose leader Danielle Smith after she requested an $8,000 annual raise for MLAShayneSaskiw.  

Saskiw, who represents Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills, is also the Wildrose deputy house leader.

A motion to an all-party committee called for the proposed raise.

However, Lukaszuk criticized the move, which he said was hypocritical given the Wildrose party’s past statements requesting MLA pay cuts.

“What they were putting forward was very hypocritical, flying very much in the face of what they profess to believe in,” he said. “We all should be judged by what we do — not what we say.”

Shortly after Lukaszuk slammed the proposed raise, the Wildrose party released a statement announcing the withdrawal of the motion.

The party said it would try to find the money internally rather than give the Conservative government the opportunity to play politics with the issue.

With files from CBC's John Archer

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