Thursday, October 20, 2005

Civil servants agree to pay back province

Now only if the real players in the scam game (sponsorship scandal thugs, Volpe, Dingwall) would stand up and do the right thing as well. This is actually quite refreshing. Thanks to the civil servants who came forward and paid their share. They didn't have to. This was not the fault of the people who went on the trip, but rather the chucklehead who planned and approved it. Thanks for setting such a great example.

Finance department employees have come forward to repay most of the expenses connected to two retirement celebrations improperly paid for by the department in what has been a major headache for the provincial government.

A Finance official said Wednesday the $2,500 bill for hotel rooms in Prince Albert has been repaid by the employees of the auditors section of Finance's revenue branch who attended a banquet in Prince Albert on Oct. 6 and a luncheon in Saskatoon the next day.

As well, about four-fifths of the 35 employees involved will use holiday time for the day-and-a-half away from work. Originally they were being paid for work time.

"It's been a stressful lesson. A lot of people were . . . red-faced but there was no bad intent in any of this," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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