N.B. gov­ern­ment pays rich sev­er­ance

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

FREDERICTON — A pub­lished re­port says the New Brunswick gov­ern­ment paid a for­mer chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health $720,000 in sev­er­ance af­ter she was let go in a high-pro­file dis­missal in 2015.

CBC says it ob­tained doc­u­ments re­gard­ing the fir­ing of Dr. Eil­ish Cleary af­ter ar­gu­ing in court that the in­for­ma­tion was not pri­vate and should be re­leased.

Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Zoel Dionne agreed, and or­dered the min­is­ter of health to dis­close the amount of money it gave Cleary, who had held the po­si­tion since 2008.

In Jan­uary 2016, Cleary is­sued a state­ment say­ing she had reached an agree­ment with the prov­ince’s deputy min­is­ter of health that was legally con­sis­tent with other in­stances of dis­missal with­out cause but did not re­veal the amount of sev­er­ance. A month ear­lier, Cleary had said she’d re­ceived a ter­mi­na­tion no­tice in­form­ing her that her skill set didn’t meet the needs of her em­ployer af­ter she was put on leave in early Novem­ber.

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