Caucus donates pay hike to charity

With Easter here and springtime looming, I think it is a perfect time to share a positive political story with you.

With Easter here and springtime looming, I think it is a perfect time to share a positive political story with you. Don’t laugh — there is such a thing from time to time.

Last week my Wildrose colleagues and I were able to share details on a principled decision that we made a while back and I am thrilled to be part of it.

Not long after the election, the PC-dominated legislative committee voted to increase MLA pay by eight per cent. Yes, in an era when we’re asking everyone else to hold the line or take rollbacks, they voted themselves a raise. Well, we didn’t approve and didn’t vote to support it. In fact, we feel so strongly about this sending a wrong message to Albertans, we decided to do something about it.

We have created the Wildrose Caucus Foundation so we can give this money to charity. Every one of the 17 Wildrose MLAs is donating the PC-mandated pay hike to the foundation. I am proud to be part of a team that is putting our money where our mouth is. It’s too easy in politics to criticize and demand leadership while not showing it yourself. Our leader, Danielle Smith, summed it up like this:

“Our caucus was united in our opposition to the MLA pay hike the PCs brought in and we are united in deciding to do something about it. I am proud of every single Wildrose MLA for stepping and doing the right thing and I look forward to being able to help out hard working charities that do invaluable work for our communities.”

It sure felt good to present that first cheque to a much deserved charity. We wrote our first cheque, in the amount of $25,000 to The Little Warriors Foundation. This charity directly supports children who have been victims of sexual abuse.

The donation will go toward the creation of the Be Brave Ranch, a first of its kind long treatment centre for kids who have been sexually abused in Canada.

Our hope is, that by donating the pay hike to charity, we can help those that make a difference in society, make more of a difference. It’s also our hope that MLAs from all parties will follow our lead, although that seems highly unlikely.

Look for more positive announcements throughout the year from the Wildrose Caucus Foundation.

As we move into spring — and here’s hoping we are now in for a nice long stretch of warm weather — I hope the rebirth of nature that happens each spring will bring about good things for all my constituents.

To contact me at any time, please feel free to email: or write #101 4892 46 Street, Lacombe, AB T4L 2B4 or phone 403 782 7725.

Just Posted

Wind, wet lodging crops in fields

By Ponoka News Staff The rain may help with moisture concerns but… Continue reading

Ponoka Christian renovation is on-time

Extensive list of upgrades, additions to school will be done by Aug. 26

Community mourns the deaths of two Maskwacis toddlers

Siblings found drowned on family’s property

Tenders awarded for pavement and concrete improvements

Seven locations identified as priorities for paving

Ponoka Vintage Motorcycle Rally honours 50 years of Honda

By Mike Rainone for the News The pistons will be popping and… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate indecent act at By The Lake Park

Complaint said man exposed himself in Wetaskiwin

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate attempted armed robbery

Police seek information about alleged attack and identify suspect

Scrapie, a disease related to mad cow, found in two flocks of sheep in Alberta

Health Canada says there is no known link between scrapie and human health

Alberta oil and gas producer cleanup cost estimates set too low, says coalition

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. facing the largest bill at $11.9 billion to clean up 73,000 wells

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Most Read