FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (April 9, 2013) – Mike Redmond, Leader of the New
Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island, believes Premier Robert Ghiz should provide the Island public with
a report on the performance of Deputy Minister Melissa MacEachern.
The Government of Prince Edward Island released a statement Monday that after almost six years with the
Ghiz government, Melissa MacEachern, Deputy Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning and former
Deputy Minister of Tourism is returning to work at UPEI on April 19th.
“This is happening really quickly and the Premier should explain what is going on here,” stated Redmond.
NDP Leader Mike Redmond issued a press release concerning the work of Deputy Minister MacEachern on
March 26th. “We called for the Premier to let Deputy Minister MacEachern go a couple of weeks ago,”
continued Redmond, “The Auditor General’s Report suggests sloppy management of Skills PEI. As the Harper
government seeks re-negotiation of labour market development agreements, the track record of
mismanagement in Skills PEI may have put federally sourced training funds in jeopardy.”
Former Auditor General Colin Younker reviewed contract management of professional services with Tourism
PEI for the period from 2009 to 2011 when Ms. MacEachern was serving there as Deputy Minister. The Auditor
General found a lack of controls and oversight with these contracts. Seventeen out of 31 contractual
arrangements had deficiencies in contract terms. Of the 17, 12 did not have terms documented at all.
“We know there were issues when MacEachern was Deputy Minister of Tourism. As Deputy Minister for
Innovation and Advanced Learning, she was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in program funds.
The Premier should do a review of her work and issue a performance report on her six years in government.
Islanders deserve to know what happened here,” concluded the NDP Leader.
Leader, NDP PEI