June 2, 2015 6:08 pm

Notley under fire for giving top civil service job to party member

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced education funding and the cancellation of the closure of the Calgary Young Offenders Centre on May 28, 2015.

Global News

EDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley is being criticized for appointing a high-level NDP political operator to a top job in Alberta’s non-partisan civil service.

Opposition Wildrose critic Derek Fildebrandt says John Heaney’s record as a “party apparatchik” in British Columbia raises questions about why he is getting a taxpayer-funded job to act in an impartial role.

Notley appointed Heaney as acting associate deputy minister of policy and planning last week. That makes him one of the highest-ranking civil servants in Alberta.

Heaney has been on a leave of absence as chief of staff for the Opposition NDP in B.C. to help Notley with the transition to power.

Notley’s spokeswoman says Heaney’s job is short term, but no end date has been set.

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