Hickie collects MLA salary, but divides his time to return to old job

Premier Brad Wall has allowed Prince Albert Carlton MLA Darryl Hickie to return to his old job as a police officer with two years still left in his term as an MLA – reducing the already meagre representation Prince Albert families get at the Legislature while Hickie collects two taxpayer-funded salaries.

“It shows a concerning sense of entitlement that Hickie believes taxpayers should continue to pay him his sizable MLA salary while he moves on to the next part of his career,” said NDP justice critic John Nilson. “As it is, the MLAs for Prince Albert have not spoken up in the Legislature for the people and businesses they are supposed to represent. Prince Albert families need a much more engaged, committed MLA – not an MLA switching to part-time while collecting a full-time salary.”

Nilson added that Prince Albert has already suffered from a lack of adequate representation, with Wall yet again appointing a cabinet that excludes all Prince Albert and area MLAs.

In addition to the lack of representation, it may be considered inappropriate for a sitting MLA to be conducting investigations involving his own constituents.

“We are so thankful for the women and men who serve as police officers in Saskatchewan and across the country, who put their lives on the line every day in order to keep our communities safe,” said Nilson. “We think it is best that an actively partisan, sitting MLA not be a police officer at the same time.”

Prince Albert residents who have encountered MLA Hickie in the course of his investigations in recent days have contacted the Opposition to say they feel uncomfortable that a partisan politician has the power to investigate matters that may involve them.

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For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus