Top Doug Ford staffer to get high-paid energy board appointment
|National Post 11 Jan 2019 at 12:20|
TORONTO ‚ÄĒ A top staffer to Ontario Premier Doug Ford is leaving her post for a high-paid appointment on the board of the province‚Äôs energy regulator.
Ford is recommending Jenni Byrne, who has served as his principal secretary, to become a full-time member of the Ontario Energy Board.
The premier‚Äôs office says that‚Äôs a two-year term that comes with an annual salary of about $197,000.
The Opposition NDP say it‚Äôs just one more example of Ford giving what it calls ‚Äúcushy‚ÄĚ public-sector jobs to his friends.
Ford family friend Ron Taverner has been named OPP commissioner, though the appointment has been delayed pending an investigation, past Progressive Conservative party president Rueben Devlin was granted a three-year term as a health-care adviser, and a Ford campaign adviser was appointed Ontario‚Äôs trade representative to the United States.
Byrne, who was Ford‚Äôs director of field operations during last year‚Äôs election and who also ran former Prime Minister Stephen Harper‚Äôs campaigns in 2011 and 2015, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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