03/29/2012 12:08 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta NDP stands fast on refusal to return cash for do-nothing committee

EDMONTON - Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason is standing fast on his party's refusal to return money for sitting on a legislature committee that doesn't meet.

But Mason, speaking on an open-line radio show (Rutherford, CHQR-CHED), concedes the pay system is so convoluted it needs an overhaul.

NDP legislature member Rachel Notley has been making $1,0000 a month to sit on a committee that hasn't met since 2008.

Mason says Notley hasn't made a dime off that because she has been on so many other committees without compensation that it's a wash.

He says the privileges committee only meets when asked to do so to consider a specific issue and its members should be paid per meeting and not per month.

Members were originally paid per meeting, but the Tories changed the rules in 2008 to a flat monthly stipend.