Greg Selinger won't say if severance packages required under contracts

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is refusing to say whether severance packages given to seven of his former staff members were required under the employees' contracts.
The premier lost most of his closest advisers earlier this year during an internal revolt. He refuses to say whether severance packages given to seven of his former staff members were required under the employees' contracts. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is refusing to say whether severance packages given to seven of his former staff members were required under the employees' contracts.

Opposition Leader Brian Pallister pressed the premier in the legislature for details on $670,000 paid out to seven former political staffers.

The government has refused to release details, except in one case.

Former chief of staff Liam Martin was given $146,000 after less than three years on the job.

Pallister says the public has a right to know how much each person received, and whether severance was required under their contracts.

Selinger says the settlements are subject to a confidentiality clause and he is acting on legal advice.

The premier lost most of his closest advisers earlier this year during an internal revolt. He barely survived an NDP convention in March, winning 51 per cent of delegate votes.

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