From social to oil sands development

The top bureaucrat at the ministry of social development is leaving for Alberta - little more than a month after being named to that post. In an internal email, David Morhart advised staff he'll be leading the prairie's province's "oil sands strategy, royalty framework and operations." Mr. Morhart stated, "This new opportunity has been in front of me for awhile and it was made increasingly more difficult to make a decision about once I was named as the new deputy minister for Social Development." Nevertheless, the deputy minister felt his job with the Alberta government will "stretch me as a next step in my public service career." The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email, which was exclusively obtained by Public Eye.

From: Morhart, David A HSD:EX
Sent: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 2:37 PM
To: HSD All Exchange Mailboxes; Mowles, Rick J CLBC:EX; McNamara, Marilyn EAAT:EX
Subject: Deputy News

To all staff,

With much mixed emotion, I am writing to advise that I will leaving the BC Public Service in January 2011.

I will be joining the Government of Alberta team as the new lead on that province's oil sands strategy, royalty framework and operations. This is an exciting and unique role in Canada and one that I think will stretch me as a next step in my public service career.

This new opportunity has been in front of me for awhile and it was made increasingly more difficult to make a decision about once I was named as the new deputy minister for Social Development. What an incredible team we have here! And unparalleled commitment to helping those in need and making their lives better!

You can rest assured that the important work that this ministry does is well recognized in government and across the province. The recent shuffle and re-organization actually afforded us a unique opportunity to re-focus on the core of what this ministry is all about - helping folks get back on their feet, at home, into jobs, and having supports that make their lives more manageable. And it is you, the front line workers, the managers, the planners, that pull all of this together. Keep up that great work!

I will remain as deputy minister over the next few weeks until Allan Seckel is able to appoint my replacement. This will also give me the opportunity to be part of that transition as well.

Thank you,

David

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