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Big Questions from Cancelled Contract With Scotland-based Oil Consultant
“Under the cover of a pandemic, the government has ditched a consultant whose work they told us they really needed. Their decision to terminate the contract calls into question whether the contract was ever needed.”
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 
St. John’s, NL (April 23, 2020) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said he is surprised the province’s OilCo corporation has quietly ended its contract with a Scotland-based oil consultant, with close Liberal ties, whose hire the government was vigorously defending just weeks ago.

“Under the cover of a pandemic, the government has ditched a consultant whose work they told us they really needed. Their decision to terminate the contract calls into question whether the contract was ever needed.”

The consultant in question was a former provincial government employee who left his post to base himself in Scotland. The consultant was paid $337,000, almost twice as much as his salary as an employee. Despite an allowance for housing in St. John’s of $3,000 a month, the consultant resided in Aberdeen, Scotland.
 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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