Alison Redford's staff cash in on her exit

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) says Redford's Communications Director Stefan Baranski will...

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) says Redford's Communications Director Stefan Baranski will receive $103,914. (FILE PHOTO)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Several senior staff are departing Premier Alison Redford's office after her resignation, some with eye-popping severance payments.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) says Redford's chief-of-staff Farouk Adatia will receive a severance of $316,274 and communications director Stefan Baranski $103,914.

"Quite the golden handshake," CTF Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt said.

"You don't see these kinds of severances in the private sector unless you're a high-level banker and -- no offense to these guys -- they're not."

According to the government's salary disclosure sunshine list, Adatia made $357,706 in salary plus benefits last year and Baranski earned $231,111 in salary plus benefits.

In question period, Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason grilled deputy premier Dave Hancock for the full cost of the staff departures and asked for assurance that Hancock's office staff severances will be minimal.

"We want the premier's office shrunk down," Mason said. "We want to know how much it's going to cost to get rid of everybody."

While Hancock -- who will become interim premier when he's officially sworn-in on Sunday -- didn't have the list of names and severance amounts, he said any staff he hires would be on short-term contracts during the six-month leadership race.

"And they would know that and understand that coming in, and they wouldn't have any expectations of it being longer," he said.

Meanwhile, Tory MLAs are reflecting on Redford's resignation.


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