FORD STAFFER LEAVES POST FOR JOB WITH EN­ERGY REG­U­LA­TOR

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A top staffer to On­tario Pre­mier Doug Ford is leav­ing her post for a highly paid ap­point­ment with the prov­ince’s en­ergy reg­u­la­tor. Ford has rec­om­mended Jenni Byrne, who has served as his prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, be­come a full-time mem­ber of the On­tario En­ergy Board. That’s a two-year term that comes with an an­nual salary of about $197,000, the pre­mier’s of­fice said. In a state­ment, Ford said Byrne, pic­tured, had been “an in­valu­able re­source” to him, his of­fice and all mem­bers of the gov­ern­ment. NDP critic Peter Tabuns called it “an­other ticket on (Ford’s) gravy train.” Ford fam­ily friend Ron Tav­erner has been named On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice com­mis­sioner, though the ap­point­ment has been de­layed pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the in­tegrity com­mis­sioner.

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