December 23, 2014 2:25 pm
Updated: December 23, 2014 2:26 pm

Former Capital Health board chair expensed $450,000

According to records obtained through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, former Capital Health board chair Neil Wilkinson expensed $450,000 during a six year period between 2002 to 2008.

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EDMONTON – After two years of waiting the expense records of former Capital Health board chair Neil Wilkinson are out and what has been found won’t make taxpayers happy.

Records obtained by Global News through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act show Wilkinson claimed more than $450,000 in honoraria during a six year period between April, 2002 and June, 2008.

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The expenses include:

  • Purchasing the $5,000 Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle auction package from the University Hospital Foundation
  • Expensing $3,000 on a table of 10 for a tribute dinner for the former president of the University of Alberta
  • Charging Capital Health over $1,000 to have a portrait taken by Edmonton photographer Con Boland

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In a statement, Alberta Health Services said the expenses were incurred and approved prior to the creation of AHS, when the former regional health authorities were in existence.

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AHS added the expenses incurred by Wilkinson would be completely unacceptable under current AHS policies and practices.

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Wilkinson recently resigned as Alberta’s Ethics Commissioner after holding the position since 2008.

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