EDMONTON, AB (June 14, 2013): Health Minister Fred Horne misled Albertans by saying he fired the Alberta Health Services board of directors for refusing to rescind hefty bonuses for senior executives, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
At a news conference earlier today, Horne said incoming AHS administrator Janet Davidson will be in charge of rescinding the bonuses but also said doing so is a “legal quagmire.” Horne also said the board has already authorized the payments and indicated there was nothing more that could be done. “Minister Horne told Albertans the reason he fired the AHS board was because they wouldn’t rescind undeserved bonuses for executives and now he’s indicating the bonuses will go ahead,” Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said. “This is a slap in the face to taxpayers – who believed Minister Horne was doing the right thing for the right reasons. If he knew the bonuses would be paid all along, then he simply misled Albertans by firing the board.” Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said Albertans deserve better than the ongoing fiasco over health bonuses. “Albertans were led to believe these bonuses wouldn’t be paid out and they were happy to hear it – but it was all a sham,” Forsyth said. “The fact is, we raised the issue of senior executive bonuses in March with the Minister, yet these executives are still lining their pockets while closing down facilities, laying off front-line workers and failing their own performance measures. It makes absolutely no sense.”