Saying he gave an example based on false information, Premier Scott Moe has apologized for saying that some government employees take trips paid for by companies who are awarded contracts by the province.
Moe was being questioned by the Opposition after several e-Health employees were fired for accepting a trip to a PGA tournament paid for by a vendor.
Moe said, “These individuals lost their jobs. Our public servants follow these policies. The policies that prohibit accepting travel from a vendor who has a contractual relationship with the government. We’ve been looking into the Crown agencies and ministries, and we actually haven’t found any additional cases.”
Moe said employees sometimes take trips paid for by a vendor in order to take training on new equipment. Moe said that, upon further review, vendor-sponsored trips are not okay and that they do not appear to be an issue other than the instance that the government has already handled.
“The fact of the matter is...the people of the province can rest assured that there was a policy in place, a conflict of interest policy [was] in place. That policy was adhered to. The employees lost their jobs, and we shouldn’t forget that.”