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The Canadian Press: Staffer severance payments reach $1.7M after Manitoba government changes hands

February 20, 2024 — 

“Political jobs are a form of ‘vulnerable employment’ because there is a wholesale exodus of individuals serving the premier, cabinet and individual ministers when governments change,” said Paul Thomas, professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Manitoba.

“Usually there is a formula used to calculate the severance payout for individual staffers based on the level of their former job, their previous salary and years of service.”

A government web page that discloses payments for such employees lists dozens of staff that received severance payments in the weeks following the October election.

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