The Alberta power minister’s workplace paid over $200,000 to a “strategic advisor” contract employee who left Premier Jason Kenney’s workplace to work full time as head of a non-profit which receives provincial funding.
Lawrence Kaumeyer was working as Kenney’s performing chief of workers till August 2021. He joined Geese Limitless Canada because the CEO on October 4, 2021, stated group spokesperson Janine Massey.
One month later, on Nov. 11, 2021, Kaumeyer secured a consulting contract with the power division at a fee of $118.91 per hour. On this function, he reported to Kenney’s chief of workers. His contract ran till April 4.
Geese Limitless is registered to foyer the federal authorities and the B.C. authorities. Kaumeyer was registered to foyer Ottawa on behalf of Geese Limitless Canada.
Geese Limitless Canada can be a CRA registered charity. Charities usually are not required to register to foyer in Alberta.
On account of worker trip schedules, Geese Limitless Canada was unable to verify particulars on “authorities relations efforts in Alberta in the course of the related time interval,” Massey instructed True North.
Geese 2021 annual report stated it partnered with the Alberta Treasury Department and the Canadian Imperial Financial institution of Commerce to ship the Revolving Land Conservation Program, which positioned 5,998 acres positioned in conservation easements leveraged by $10.5 million in loans.
Geese Limitless Canada can be a accomplice within the Alberta North American Waterfowl Administration Plan, which conserves Alberta’s wetland assets. Alberta’s Setting and Parks division didn’t reply to True North’s request about whether or not it offers funding and the way a lot funding it offers for this partnership by publication deadline.
Requested to offer funding figures for this partnership, Massey stated Geese has “quite a lot of totally different packages which contain quite a lot of funding partnerships.”
“Primarily based on all obtainable data, no new funding was awarded or acquired by DUC from the Alberta Authorities between the interval of Oct 04, 2021 and June 09, 2022,” she wrote in an electronic mail.
Kaumeyer completed the 2021 fiscal 12 months with $161,724 in earnings, plus $44,009 in money advantages. His earnings had been filed beneath the power ministry contract, even whereas Kaumeyer spent a lot of the 12 months as performing chief of workers, an government council place.
That is indicative of a sunshine listing reporting challenge, stated Brock Harrison, Kenney’s government director of communications.
“Mr. Kaumeyer’s employment contract with the Authorities of Alberta by means of the Ministry of Power was authorised by the Ethics Commissioner,” Harrison stated in an emailed assertion.
Reached by cellphone on Friday, Kaumeyer referred True North to Geese Limitless Canada and the Premier’s workplace. He stated his roles with each organizations had been cleared.
“I don’t have any issues,” Kaumeyer instructed True North.
As Kenney’s chief of workers, Kaumeyer was deeply concerned with federal authorities negotiations on power information, specifically carbon seize, stated Alex Puddifant, press secretary to Power Minister Sonya Savage.
“The Minister of Power felt his expertise and relationships with respect to those information can be a novel asset in shifting them ahead,” Puddifant stated in an announcement to True North. “As such, Mr. Kaumeyer’s providers had been prolonged on a short lived foundation within the Ministry of Power to proceed engaged on these information.”
The money advantages had been paid out for trip hours and advantages in lieu of pension, not as a bonus, Puddifant stated.
Geese Limitless Canada by no means noticed Kaumeyer’s contract with the province, Massey instructed True North.
“(Geese Limitless Canada’s) solely information of Mr. Kaumeyer’s engagement along with his former employer associated to transition efforts to extract himself from all issues,” Massey stated in an electronic mail. “That transition work, as described to (Geese Limitless Canada), was not thought of to pose any problems with compliance with (Geese Limitless Canada) insurance policies.”
Kaumeyer left Geese Limitless to “pursue different alternatives,” she added. His final day with the corporate was June 9.
UCP management candidate and UCP MLA Brian Jean stated he’s been involved with the Premier’s workplace hiring again individuals who’ve left on hourly contracts. Jean stated he would change legal guidelines to forestall this from occurring once more, if elected.
“Whenever you depart the Premier’s workplace you need to depart it,” he stated in an announcement to True North. “Having one foot within the Premier’s workplace and one within the non-public sector is simply an invite to issues and abuse.”
Previous to being named Kenney’s performing chief of workers in January 2021, Kaumeyer was the premier’s principal secretary, a task he started in September 2020.
He ended the 2020 fiscal 12 months with $156,835 plus $21,410 in bonuses.
Kaumeyer was additionally in attendance on the notorious Sky Palace dinner, by which Kenney and key ministers had been photographed eating exterior in the course of the Covid restrictions. The premier has since apologized.
Kenney cited lasting anger over his Covid coverage as a cause for his impending resignation. The premier will step down when UCP members choose a brand new chief on October 6.