Premier,cabinet take cut in pay

A government release says Stelmach is cutting his premier’s allowanceby 15 per cent, or just over $12,000 a year, effective immediately.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and his cabinet are taking a pay cut.

A government release says Stelmach is cutting his premier’s allowance by 15 per cent, or just over $12,000 a year, effective immediately.

Ministers are having their cabinet wages cut by 10 per cent, which amounts to almost $6,400 annually.

“I met with cabinet ... and I asked them to join me in terms of the salary reductions ... and they all agreed,” Stelmach told a Calgary radio call-in show on CHQR Thursday.

Stelmach’s chief of staff, as well as the head of the provincial civil service, are also taking a 10 per cent cut.

The province is facing a $7-billion deficit this year.

Members of the legislature voted to freeze their salaries in 2009-10, but only after an increase last year that boosted their annual pay between $36,000 and $39,000.

The announcement came the morning after the premier’s televised address in which he said his Progressive Conservative government was freezing the wages of about 6,500 senior civil servants for the next two years.

He also suggested teachers, doctors, nurses and other public sector workers voluntarily forego increases for the next 24 months.

 
 
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