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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

soft landings for tory hacks in alberta...

Speaking of a culture of entitlement...

From the Edmonton Sun...

"Paula Tyler is back.

The former Alberta deputy minister who made headlines in New Zealand over her abrupt departure midway through a contract is going to work for Capital Health.

Cabinet approved a deal yesterday that would enable Tyler, the partner of Ralph Klein's chief of staff Peter Kruselnicki, to maintain her provincial government benefits while working for the regional health authority.

Klein said last year that Tyler would not be returning to work as a deputy minister in his government after he hired Kruselnicki to replace Rod Love.

The order in council passed yesterday appoints Tyler to the position of senior official, health services, but she'll actually be seconded by Capital Health to serve as vice-president of mental health, said Alberta Health spokesman Mark Kastner.


"There seems to be a lot of soft landings if you are in the top echelon of the Conservative government," said NDP MLA Ray Martin. "It seems to me to be a very unusual approach."

Tyler made headlines in New Zealand when she quit midway through a three-year contract as CEO of the Kiwi Child, Youth and Family Services Department to return to Alberta after Kruselnicki's appointment.

(For more info, see previous posts here and here)

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