Danielle Smith, leader of Alberta's Wildrose Party, introduced the Wildrose No. 5 pledge: The Alberta Accountability Act. It states that it would introduce citizen recall legislation, fixed election dates and cut in MLA salaries.
Will the Wildrose Party expand upon its seven-point lead over the Progressive Conservatives? With much of today’s populace’s disdain for politicians’ salaries and broken policies, a new pledge may put Danielle Smith’s party over the top.
According to a press release issued Monday by the Wildrose titled “Wildrose No. 5 pledge: The Alberta Accountability Act,” if elected on Apr. 23, the right-wing party would introduce a number of measures to make the Legislative Assembly more accountable, honest and democratic to its constituents.
“After forty years in power, Alison Redford’s PC Party has succumbed to a culture of corruption and entitlement,” said Smith in the media release. “The fifth component of our Wildrose Pledge to Albertans, the Alberta Accountability Act, will restore democracy, ethics, and accountability to government.”
What are some of the pledges?
- Cabinet salary hikes of 30 percent, which were imposed in the last election, will be gone.
- General Member of the Legislative Assembly salary will be cut by five percent.
- Severance packages for outgoing MLAs will be slashed and capped at one year’s income.
MLAs & Constituents
- Permit MLAs a free vote on each proposed law.
- Allow voters to recall MLAs (20 percent of eligible voters to sign petition).
- Institute whistleblower protection.
- Give citizens the right to hold a referendum.
“Albertans expect their government to respect their hard-earned tax-dollars, be open and accountable for how they make decisions, and to make the Legislature a place where Albertans’ voices are heard,” added the Wildrose leader. “The Alberta Accountability Act will do exactly that.”
Digital Journal reported Monday about the latest poll that suggests the Wildrose will win by a considerable margin. The Wildrose Party maintains 41 percent support, while Premier Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative Party has 34 percent.