EDMONTON, AB (March 17, 2015): In 2014, taxpayers shelled out over $700,000 in severances and lump-sum payouts to high level executives at the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (AGLC), the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The payouts include $382,000 to the Vice President of Strategy, Transformation and Ethics – three times his annual base salary. Another $317,000 was directed to the Vice President of Lottery and Gaming Services.
Premier Jim Prentice has refused to adopt the Wildrose position to include all non-political staff, including agencies, boards and commissions to limit severance payouts across government.
“While the PCs will continue to let these exorbitant severances go unchecked across government, the Wildrose will continue to fight tooth-and-nail against these type of outrageous payouts,” Wildrose Leader Heather Forsyth said. “This new management is beginning to look a lot like the old management. More outrageous spending while pinning the blame on Albertans for years of PC waste and mismanagement.”
The AGLC, like Alberta Health Services, and several other agencies, boards and commissions, is exempt from sunshine list disclosure laws.
Forsyth said this lack of accountability to get control of spending and fully disclose salaries is just another example of the Premier failing to keep his promises.
“Mr. Prentice cannot possibly justify raising the largest tax increase in Alberta history while this type of wasteful spending persists across all levels of government,” Forsyth said. “Outrageous severances, big levels of spending across agencies, boards and commissions across government. This is just more of the same from a broken and tired government.”