FORD STAFFER LEAVES POST FOR JOB WITH ENERGY REGULATOR
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.