WATCH ABOVE: Alberta’s Wildrose party is calling out Alberta Health Services for how much its employees make. As Eric Szeto reports, the opposition wants the Sunshine List expanded.
EDMONTON – The Wildrose is demanding the province extend its sunshine list after releasing new Freedom Of Information documents that show the number of Alberta Health Services employees earning over $100,000 annually has more than doubled in four years.
The documents reveal that 9,786 AHS employees earned at least $100,000 in 2013, compared to 4,688 employees earning more than $100,000 in 2009.
In January 2014, the province released some Alberta government employees’ compensation details. The list had more than 3,000 employees with base salaries above $100,000. However, the list didn’t include board agencies or commissions, and a last-minute court injunction prevented the publication of Crown prosecutor salaries.
Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw wants Premier Jim Prentice to include agencies, boards and commissions on the government’s sunshine list.
“We are seeing dramatic increases in the total compensation of employees at AHS, but the PCs are trying to keep this information locked behind closed doors,” said Saskiw.
Saskiw believes making the information public will allow Albertans decide whether tax dollars are being spent wisely.