Good news for underemployed provincial Liberals: back in June it was decided (but not announced) Elizabeth Watson would be leaving her post as managing director of the board resource and development office - the bureau responsible for vetting appointments to provincial agencies, boards and commissions. Some Liberals have partially-blamed Ms. Watson for the present shortage of government bum-warmers for party members. The reason: under her watch, government introduced guidelines to ensure those filling such seats would at least have some qualifications to be there - aside from their politics.
But, in an interview, the premier's press secretary Mike Morton laughed off suggestions rank and file dissatisfaction with Ms. Watson had anything to do with her departure. Instead, Mr. Morton said Ms. Watson - who has been with government for the past four years - was leaving to "pursue other opportunities." Ms. Watson did not respond to a request for an interview. A version of this article was originally published in Friday's edition of 24 hours.