October 29, 2013
Redford flunks another transparency test, this time on Chief of Staff severance
EDMONTON, AB (October 29, 2013): Premier Alison Redford continues to ignore legal rulings about her former chief of staff’s severances and refuses to come clean on the total compensation package he received, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
Today in Question Period, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith asked Redford why she continues to flout the ruling from Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton to disclose the severance package paid to Stephen Carter when he was fired after only six months on the job. Smith also asked Redford to confirm if the $130,000 Carter claims he received in severance represents the sum total of compensation he received from the PC government or the PC party. Redford ducked the question. The Wildrose Official Opposition has filed a Freedom of Information request for the full details of Carter’s employment contract and severance but has received no information to date. “Albertans are growing tired of this Premier’s excuses about why she can’t release these details,” Smith said. “She has failed virtually every litmus test of accountability and transparency she has faced and this issue is no exception. She needs to say definitively – yes or no – if Mr. Carter’s severance package was limited only to the $130,000 he claims he received.”