Most top provincial bureaucrats would have had to work for 10 years in the civil service to get six weeks of annual vacation. But the government appears to have let Robin Junger, who is now the province's energy, mines and petroleum resources deputy minister, jump that queue. According to records obtained via a freedom of information request, Mr. Junger - who joined the civil service on October 1, 2007 - presently receives "six weeks vacation per calendar year," payment of his Law Society fees and a maximum annual salary of $232,000. A government spokesperson stated that extra vacation time was negotiated when the government hired him three years ago as the head of its environmental assessment office. Usually, a deputy minister hired from outside government would have received five weeks of vacation during their first seven years of employment - with that number escalating to eight weeks after serving taxpayers for 25 years or more. The following is a complete copy of those aforementioned records.
September 14, 2010