A series of private emails written by then-Saskatchewan Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer reveal her secret plans to work around the rules in the hiring of a senior government official years ago.
Months after the Saskatchewan Party came to power, Harpauer had concluded the ministry was intransigent and broken.
In a March 8, 2008 email she wrote, “beyond a doubt the civil servants are still running the show … The obvious very simple strategy involves giving their new minister false information or incomplete information and keeping them overwhelmed with trivial crises. When questioned everyone plays stupid.”
The Public Service Commission is getting all crappy about us hiring people without open competition … Blah … Blah … Blah. Lots of fun. I really don’t care what they think!
– Donna Harpauer in 2008 email
She wrote that email from her private account to Tim Korol, a former police officer who had worked on her election campaign. She offered him a job as assistant deputy minister, hoping he could come in and set things right.
But she realized that may be tough, given the current rules.
“I will hire you by contract if need be to get around the rules defined by the [Public Service Commission],” Harpauer told Korol in an April 5, 2008 email.
She said the commission, which is the central human resources agency for the province, had been getting in the way of the new government’s plans.
“The Public Service Commission is getting all crappy about us hiring people without open competition … Blah … Blah … Blah. Lots of fun. I really don’t care what they think!!” she wrote to Korol on June 24, 2008.
This was one of dozens of private email exchanges CBC’s iTeam has obtained between Harpauer and Korol.
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