Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); }

Unlike in Ontario, where the annual release of the sunshine list has been an eagerly awaited event since 1996, Alberta’s system was introduced only in January, 2014, after Alison Redford’s office was criticized for the number of lucrative contracts given to political staffers.

JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Alberta government paid nearly $3.6-million in severance to senior officials during a year of political turmoil, according to documents recently added to the province's sunshine list.

Hours after premier Alison Redford announced she was stepping down on March 19, six members of her staff resigned, collecting more than $1-million. The biggest single cheque went to Ms. Redford's outgoing chief of staff, Farouk Adatia. After less than two years in his post, he collected $366,878.61.

The former premier's principal secretary, director of operations, director of communications and the executive director of her Calgary office also collected six-figure severances.

Story continues below advertisement

Details of the payments were initially released when Dave Hancock was interim premier. At the time, Mr. Hancock's office explained that the large compensation was written into contracts due to "low job security."

Unlike in Ontario, where the annual release of the sunshine list has been an eagerly awaited event since 1996, Alberta's system was introduced only in January, 2014, after Ms. Redford's office was criticized for the number of lucrative contracts given to political staffers.

Ms. Redford resigned amid controversy over her improper use of government resources.

In Premier Jim Prentice's first 100 days in office, $701,586.60 was handed out in severance. Topping the list of the five pay-outs were the deputy ministers of Alberta's culture and transportation departments: both collected $162,160.37 in October.

Not counting the severance payments to Ms. Redford's staff, a total of $1,822,986.93 was paid to departing government officials in 2014 before Mr. Prentice took office. The largest payment went to Lorraine McKay, who took home $208,391.03 when she resigned in April as an executive manager at Alberta Health.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies