In February, Public Eye filed a freedom of information for a "copy of the severance agreement for Annette Antoniak, the now former president and chief executive office of the BC Olympic and Paralympic Games Secretariat." Five months later, the New Democrats filed a similar requesting asking for "records relating to the terms and conditions relating to her departure, i.e. severance pay" as well as a number of other documents. In response, Public Eye got a copy of her unusual $300,000-plus severance deal. But the New Democrats got nothing. So why was that? Well, under questioning from opposition critic Doug Routley last Tuesday, Citizens' Services Minister Ben Stewart stated, "The questions were not identical; there are some differences. One party sought information regarding the particulars of a possible severance package, while the other sought information over why this person left the position. The difference in such terminology has resulted in each request being interpreted differently under the act. That's the important part." Fancy that!
September 30, 2009