Federal minister says no severance for former head of Enterprise Cape Breton

The Canadian Press
May 28, 2014 11:25 AM

OTTAWA - The former CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. will not be getting a severance package, the federal government said Wednesday.

Rob Moore, the minister of state for the Crown agency, said John Lynn's appointment was terminated with cause Tuesday and that it is standard federal practice not to provide severance in such cases.

Lynn's dismissal was announced after a report was tabled Tuesday by the federal integrity commissioner that concluded he hired four people with ties to the federal Conservatives and the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party without demonstrating the appointments were merit-based.

Mario Dion said that created the appearance of patronage.

The federal Liberals sent a letter Wednesday to the president of the Public Service Commission, Anne-Marie Robinson, asking that the appointments made by Lynn be revoked.

The letter from Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner expresses concern that the appointments will be transferred from Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. is about to be absorbed by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as part of a legislative change announced in March. The bill is expected to be become law next month.

The government says two of the four people hired by Lynn continue to work at the Cape Breton agency.

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