Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom and his former senior political assistant Natalie Poole-Moffat "have agreed that she is to have no professional contact with ministry officials or the minister's office for a period of one year." This, after Ms. Poole-Moffat was hired as a senior government affairs advisor with Apache Corp. Of course, this isn't the first time such deals have been struck between ministers and their departing aides. The ministry of aboriginal relations and reconciliation was instructed to have an "arms-length" relationship with David Cyr when he left to become Plutonic Power Corporation Inc.'s First Nations and corporate affairs manager. And when Max Logan was hired as a government relations and members services director for the Retail Council of Canada, then finance minister Carole Taylor sent him a letter stating neither she nor her office would have any contact with him for one year. So why aren't such restrictions enshrined in provincial law or policy, rather than created on an ad hoc basis? Well, that's the question we posed to Minister Lekstrom yesterday. Here's what he had to say.
May 28, 2010