Saskatchewan’s cabinet ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly are receiving an increase in pay on April 1.
But the premier of Saskatchewan is recommending people give back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a written statement sent out to media on Wednesday, Premier Scott Moe announced that he will be donating the money he is receiving from the scheduled increase.
“On April 1st, all MLAs and cabinet ministers are scheduled to receive a 1.7% cost of living increase according to the compensation formula set out by the the Legislative Assembly’s all party Board of Internal Economy,” he started in his statement.
“In light of the current pandemic crisis, I will be donating the entire sum of this increase to Saskatchewan charities, in addition to the amount that I regularly donate. I am encouraging every MLA and cabinet minister to do the same.”
Opposition leader Ryan Meili announced on Wednesday through social media that he will be doing the same with his sum.
#skpoli MLAs receive an automatic pay increase as of today.
With so many people hurting right now, it doesn’t seem right to be getting a raise.
I’ll be donating my increase to organizations like @TheLighthouseSK serving those most in need.
— Ryan Meili (@ryanmeili) April 1, 2020
Premier Moe will also take part in Wednesday afternoon’s COVID-19 provincial update with Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab. That meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. from the Legislative Building.