Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught. ~J.C. Watts
How stupid do the Tories think we are?
Taking payment for a committee that never meets is wrong.
When Raj Sherman (kicked out of caucus for speaking against the government) joined the Alberta Liberals and was elected party leader, he decided to return every penny plus interest (about $40,000+, no small amount).
The Wildrose’s Heather Forsyth and Paul Hinman (reluctantly) returned their committee pay also, after public outrage grew.
New Democrat Rachel Notley says she won’t return the payment because, and this is not too tough to understand, given that her party has so few members, she sits on more than her fair share of committees without any pay at all!
Alberta Party MLA, Dave Taylor (a former Liberal) has said he won’t return the pay but assures us he donated an equivalent amount to charity. He’s retiring and not running for reelection. Enough said.
Not a single Progressive Conservative Party member on the committee stepped forward to willingly to return the committee pay. Even when party leader/Premier Alison Redford suggested it was the right thing to do–they still resisted.
The decision they made was to return the pay they had received since Redford became premier–about six months worth. I guess the suggestion here is that each MLA is only responsible for acting according to the direction of their leader–not in the best interests of their constituents or according to their conscience.
And, oh yes, there is an investigation underway, but conveniently, the results of the investigation have been delayed until after the election.
Gee whiz. And the Tories wonder why they are doing so poorly at the polls?
Bringing you bite-sized chunks of election crankiness when the mood hits me.