09/30/2015 11:16 EDT | Updated 09/30/2016 05:12 EDT

Alberta Legislative Committee Reverses Pay Hike

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EDMONTON, AB - JUNE 04: A general view of the Alberta Legislature Building on June 4, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
EDMONTON — An Alberta government legislative committee has reversed a pay raise for officers of the legislature.

Last week, the NDP-dominated committee approved a 7.25 per cent hike for seven senior independent officers, including the auditor general.

Critics panned the move, saying it sent the wrong message when thousands of Albertans were being laid off from their jobs in the private sector.

The committee also had voted to send themselves to a conference in Boston on government ethics.

On Tuesday the committee met and rescinded the pay hike and sending delegates to the conference.

Opposition Wildrose house leader Nathan Cooper said the NDP made the right move, but adds it raises question about the government's mindset as it draws up a budget for the province.

"The fact is, there was no excuse for what the NDP members of the committee did last week. Hardly a day goes by where we don't hear a deeply personal story of job losses across Alberta, yet the NDP went ahead and rubber-stamped massive pay raises," Cooper said in a news release.

(CHQR, The Canadian Press)

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