Rachel Notley has re-hired her former chief of staff, John Heaney, for yet another sweet government gig, and he is already pushing the limits of employee conduct.
Heaney resigned from his role in the premier's office in August 2017, claiming he wanted to spend time with his family in BC, but that desire was apparently short-lived.
By October 2017, Heaney was back, this time quietly working as an advisor in the Finance ministry and then at Energy, something the NDP failed to publicly mention one month later when the privacy commissioner opened a November 2017 investigation into Heaney allegedly meddling in freedom of information requests during his time as Chief of Staff in 2016.
Strangely, the NDP kept Heaney’s employment off the public record until just this month.
Energy spokesman, Jean-Marc Prevost confirmed Heaney’s employment to Postmedia, saying Heaney “has been tasked with providing legal advice related to pipelines and market access - working specifically on the Trans Mountain expansion file."
Even stranger, while he was working for the Alberta government, Heaney was also working as a registered lobbyist in BC, lobbying the government on behalf of a marijuana company and Loblaws.
The opposition UCP says Heaney’s lobbying breaks a code of conduct for government employees prohibiting them from engaging in any business or undertaking other than their employment with the government, unless they have an exemption.
Conveniently, according to Notley’s press secretary, Heaney has this exemption. Of course he does, because if you can’t follow the rules, get an exemption!
Watch my video as I explain that this isn't the first time Heaney used his political and employment connections to the NDP to enrich himself as a lobbyist.
You won't believe what he got up to when he worked as a lawyer for the BC NDP during their time in opposition.