Premier Brian Pallister is wrong about why all board members but one made the unprecedented decision to resign Wednesday, the now former chair of Manitoba Hydro has told CBC News.
Sandy Riley says that despite repeated attempts he couldn’t get a meeting with Pallister for more than 16 months.
Riley says he tried to talk to other government officials about Hydro business and was told Pallister was the final arbiter.
However, Riley says, Pallister refused to meet with the board.
“We were basically told that it was above the pay grade — literally using those words, above the pay grade — of the people we were talking to, and that those issues were really issues that sat on the desk of the premier,” Riley said Thursday.
“So on the big issues, like financing and how we managed our relationship with the Indigenous communities, these were issues that were clearly on the desk of the premier, and he was not prepared to meet with us to discuss them.”
After not getting the chance to meet with the premier for months, Riley says at one point he suggested he could go to Pallister’s house or the premier could come to his.
He says he was stunned Pallister offered him the chair of another crown corporation when the two weren’t even talking.
Every member of the Manitoba Hydro board — except for Progressive Conservative MLA Cliff Graydon — resigned on Wednesday amid several points of disagreement with the province, Riley said, most importantly that they couldn’t get a meeting with the premier.
Published at Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:29:28 -0400