Manitoba

Former top NDP staffer faces fraud charge, union says

Heather Grant-Jury was once as close as a political staffer could get to former Premier Greg Selinger. Now she has been arrested and her former employer says she faces a charge of over $5,000.

Former Selinger aide faces a fraud charge connected to her work with union

The former top aide to NDP Premier Greg Selinger has been arrested and faces a charge of fraud. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

Heather Grant-Jury, who once worked as a top aide to former premier Greg Selinger, has been arrested and faces a fraud charge, according to the union she once worked for. 

Grant-Jury was Selinger's principal secretary for a period of time at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. In order to take the job she took a leave of absence from her position as director of the training centre for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832.

When Grant-Jury returned to her job for the UFCW, the union discovered irregularities in expense claims at the training centre and suspended her in December 2015. A forensic audit was completed last spring and the results were turned over to the Winnipeg Police to complete their own investigation.

When the union informed then-premier Greg Selinger of the concerns at the training centre late last year, Selinger's chief-of-staff immediately demanded Grant-Jury's resignation from the NDP's re-election planning committee and her seat on the board of Manitoba Public Insurance.

In a written statement a spokesperson for the UFCW says "it will be seeking full restitution of all money that was inappropriately expensed to the Education Training and Trust Fund."

A spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Service could not confirm charges against Grant-Jury have formally been laid.

The union says she has been arrested and faces a charge for fraud over $5,000.

CBC News attempted to contact Grant-Jury but was unable to reach her for comment.

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Sean Kavanagh

Provincial Affairs Reporter

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sean has had a chance to live in some of Canada's other beautiful places (Whistler, B.C., and Lake of the Woods, Ont.) as well as in Europe and the United States. In more than a decade of reporting, Sean has covered some of the seminal events in Manitoba, from floods to elections, including a stint as the civic affairs reporter responsible for city hall.