Auditor General should investigate Ed Martin’s severance
NDP MHAs Lorraine Michael (St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) and Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) say the Premier should bring the Auditor General in to investigate the many questions and uncertainties swirling around payments made to former Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, who left the Crown Corporation abruptly just over a month ago.
“The Premier can request through a resolution of the House for the Auditor General to investigate the matter of outgoing CEO Ed Martin’s severance,” said Michael today in Question Period.
“I ask the Premier, will he bring a resolution to this House to ask the Auditor General to investigate the full circumstances of Mr. Martin’s departure from Nalcor, and the Board’s conduct in approving severance and bonus payments?”
Michael says the premier should have immediately informed the public of the discrepancy between Martin’s public resignation and apparent dismissal when he became aware of it. She also wonders why the premier apparently accepted Nalcor’s word that a legal opinion said Martin’s $1.4 million severance was in order.
“Yesterday the premier said Nalcor told him that it had a legal opinion on the CEO’s severance. Today a Telegram story says there is no written legal opinion,” she said. “Why did the premier not ask to see a written copy?”
“According to the Premier the Department of Justice has been reviewing the issue of severance paid to former CEO Martin for three weeks,” Rogers said.
“Has the Premier received any report or partial report of their findings? I ask the Premier: When does he expect this review to be finished?”
The NDP MHA says the premier should make public the review being conducted by the Department of Justice.