The more I read about Conserve Nova Scotia’s new leader, the more angry I get. For those that haven’t heard about this, Heather Foley Melvin, Rodney (The Fiddler) MacDonald’s former chief of staff, was named to head up the new organization at a salary of $131K immediately after last spring’s election. Before that she was
the head of an environmental engineering firm, lead researcher in an energy conservation policy group regional manager for a car company.
Yesterday, it came out that not only does she have a handsome salary, but also a rather nice termination clause – nine months of salary plus one month for each year of service. A termination clause is not that unusual at this level, but what galls me the most is that she justified both her salary and the clause thusly:
Foley Melvin defended the termination clause in her contract by telling the committee she left a highly paid private sector job as district manager with Mazda Canada when she became chief of staff.
Did you get that? She deserves her salary and protection because she left a highly paid private sector job when she became chief of staff. Does this mean that she wouldn’t have left the private sector for a four-month job working for Rodney? Does this mean that Rodney had to promise her something nice for afterward? If she deserves a nice plum for being chief of staff, then she should be given the plum as part of that job, not another one. This shows that Rodney has rolled the Conservative Party back to the days of the Buchanon pork-barrel in just a few short months.
Does this stink to high hell?
When asked if she would submit to an open competition for her job, she said:
I was offered this little plum fair and square – get your own sugar DaddyI was asked to head this agency, and that’s what I am doing. Fuck you.
In the Legistature, Rodney went on to say that the NDP were being unfair and that they “should be ashamed of how they treated that individual.” Indeed, Rodney, maybe we should all treat her as well as you have.