Ex Alta. premier Alison Redford staffers get big severance packages

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:31 PM ET

EDMONTON — Alison Redford’s resignation means nine of her former staffers will take home more than $1.3 million in severance, benefits and vacation payouts.

The office of interim premier Dave Hancock released the severance figures Friday to meet its “responsibility for transparency and accountability during this transition period.”

Redford’s former chief of staff Farouk Adatia leaves with the biggest cheque. The failed 2012 PC election candidate for Calgary-Shaw received $316,274 in severance plus $50,603 (16% of earnings in lieu of benefits) and vacation pay of $38,916.

Former federal Conservative MP Lee Richardson received $199,835 in severance, as well as $31,973 in lieu of benefits and $32,593 for vacation.

Communications director Stefan Baranski and Hunter Wight, executive director of Redford’s southern Alberta office, both received $103,914 in severance and $16,626 in lieu of benefits. Baranski got $15,581 in vacation pay while Wight got $6,600.


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