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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

In Light of Auditor General’s Report on Ed Martin’s Dismissal, Who Will Be Held Accountable?

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, is asking, “Who will be held accountable now that the Auditor General has exposed untruths and incompetence at the Cabinet level in the termination and remuneration of the former CEO of Nalcor, Ed Martin?”

 

“Who decided Mr. Martin would leave? The Premier said over and over again that Mr. Martin left of his own accord and the Board made the choice to provide him severance, but the Auditor General says that was not true. Mr. Martin left because the Ball government ‘constructively dismissed’ him, and the Board provided benefits because they were obligated to do so. The $6 million payout was triggered, not by Mr. Martin or the Board, but by the Premier and his Ministers; yet they tried to make Mr. Martin and the Board take the fall for their own actions. That is shameful,” said Davis.

 

“Who knew the decision to dismiss Mr. Martin would have enormous costs? The Natural Resources Minister said she didn’t know – however, the Auditor General revealed that she requested and received a copy of the employment contract a month before Mr. Martin was dismissed – the contract that spelled out those details. The Premier said he didn’t know – but the Premier’s Chief of Staff received a copy of that very same contract a month before Mr. Martin was dismissed. The Minister of Finance said she didn’t have any discussion about this with the Premier or any Minister – but as the former chair of the Nalcor Board, she was obligated to know the details of Mr. Martin’s contract and the costs of dismissing him. Yet, it was the Minister of Finance’s Budget speech that triggered Mr. Martin’s dismissal, according to the Auditor General. She knew it would cost the province millions of dollars; yet she did it anyway,” said Davis.

 

“This was an orchestrated deception of the people of the province by the Premier and two of his Ministers. The payment of all those millions of dollars was triggered by Premier Ball and his Ministers, who effectively cut Mr. Martin loose, lined up someone else to replace him, and tried to make Mr. Martin and the Board take the blame.

 

“Someone has to be held accountable, and the buck has to stop at the top,” said Davis.

 

“The Minister of Finance ought to be removed as the head of Treasury Board given the reckless incompetence she demonstrated in the triggering of Mr. Martin’s dismissal without due regard for the consequences for the taxpayers of our province.

 

“The Minister of Natural Resources ought to be removed from the head of that department in light of her statement that she didn’t bother to read the copy of Mr. Martin’s contract that she requested and received from the Board just weeks before his dismissal.

 

“And the Premier? The lack of leadership he has demonstrated is inexcusable. Either he demonstrated gross incompetence by failing to seek the costs of terminating Mr. Martin when his own Chief of Staff had just received that very information – or else, more believably, he knew full well the costs and chose not to tell the truth about it, while also choosing to mislead the public about who was responsible for Mr. Martin’s dismissal. He could have been honest, open and forthright about the decision to terminate Mr. Martin, but he chose instead to be deceitful and pretend it was the choice of others. That speaks volumes about his leadership, and he must be held accountable for choosing the path of deception instead of the path of openness and honesty,” said Davis.

 

“Premier Ball tried to make it look like the Nalcor Board did this, or Mr. Martin did this, as if they did something wrong – but the Auditor General backs up the Board and Mr. Martin and shows the incompetence of the Premier and the untrustworthiness of the things he said. The Auditor General’s report is a scathing indictment of the Premier’s lack of leadership in his own office and his failure to be honest with the people of the province. This was a test of leadership, and Premier Ball failed,” said Davis.

 

Auditor General's report

 

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Media Contact:

 

Heather MacLean

 

Director of Operations and Communications

 

Office of the Official Opposition

 

(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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February 21, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

Media Advisory: Official Opposition to Hold Media Availability

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, will be available to the media today (Tuesday, February 21) at 2:30 p.m. to respond to the release of the Auditor General’s Report on Severance of the former CEO of Nalcor.

 

The availability will be held outside of the House of Assembly, East Block, Confederation Building.

 

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Media Contact:

 

Heather MacLean

 

Director of Operations and Communications

 

Office of the Official Opposition

 

(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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