That’s the term leader of Saskatchewan’s official opposition NDP Ryan Meili in labelling the behaviour of former E-Health employees who accepted private sector backed trips.
Three workers were fired earlier this year after it was learned they’d taken trips paid for by companies who had contracts with provincial government, something confirmed by Health Minister Jim Reiter after session on Wednesday.
Employees had been confirmed to travelling to destinations such as Las Vegas and Indianapolis, Indiana for the Indianapolis 500.
“It’s part of the culture of this government. We’ve got a government that’s granted millions of dollars of contracts to companies that have donated to the Sask Party, now we see that culture permeating the rest of the ministries.”
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Meili’s asking the province to release the list of all vendor-backed/paid for travel that’s occurred across the ministries in government, as well as crown corporations.
For the government, Reiter noted one potential cause for the excursions could be the inconsistent policies in the formerly separate health regions.
“It’s very troubling. That’s why I’ve asked the chair and the CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority to expedite that review. They have a ton of policy they’re trying to get through.”
At this time, with the employees being fired, Reiter believes a “loud and clear message” has been delivered.
“We need to trust our senior management all across this government to ensure that those policies are followed.”